Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) sets a goal to continuously develop canals in the areas of Bangkok Metropolis in various dimensions, namely environment, quality of life, economy, and society. Several canal improvement projects have been completed such as Lot Canal, Lat Phrao Canal, Chong Nonsi Canal, etc. The BMA highlights the landscape improvement alongside the conservation of local identities as well as connects travel, tourism and local lifestyle together.
Recently, the BMA has implemented a project for integrated landscape improvement of Phadung Krung Kasem Canal so that it becomes an attractive multifunctional area which can be used as thoroughfare and area for relaxation and exercise as well as a new landmark at the heart of the city. Taking the public safety and convenience into consideration, the BMA also installs guard rails and improves footpaths, areas for planting trees, electric poles, dykes, etc. The BMA has provided electric passenger boat service on Phadung Krung Kasem Canal since November 2020.
Phadung Krung Kasem Canal’s landscape improvement project will be piloted at Hua Lamphong area, starting from Charoen Sawat 36 Bridge to Kasat Suek Bridge, to improve both land and water landscape and at Bobae area, starting from Kasat Suek Bridge to Charoen Rat 32 Bridge, to improve water landscape only. The total length is 1,700 meters. Implementation is expected to start in September 2021 as a New Year’s present for the people of Bangkok.
Once the Phadung Krung Kasem Canal’s Landscape Improvement project is completed, this canal will become another new landmark for the people in Bangkok that is no less beautiful than other canals. People of Bangkok will mutually gain benefits from the canal as it can be used as recreation and relaxation areas and tourism attraction. It is also a mean of water transportation that completely connects to the “wheel-rail-boat” system.