Prasong Kumpradit, assistant to the governor of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority
Prasong Kumpradit, assistant to the governor of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority

MEA brings happiness to BKK residents during Songkran festival

Thailand April 12, 2018 19:47

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MEA brings happiness to BKK residents during Songkran festival with more 4 beautiful and cableless roads in the heart of the city

Prasong Kumpradit, assistant to the governor of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), on Wednesday inspected progress of the MEA project to move overhead power cables underground, as part of the Smart Metro project, on Rama I road, around Pathumwan intersection, MBK Center and Siam Center, which is a shopping district in the heart of Bangkok. 

Prasong explained that in 2017, MEA successfully collaborated with related agencies to replace overhead power lines with underground cables and remove power poles on Phaholyothin, Phayathai and Sukhumvit roads, with a total distance of 23 km, to create more beautiful views for Bangkok and present them as a New Year gift for 2018 for Bangkok residents.

Recently, in 2018, MEA went ahead with the project and completed its operation on Pitsanulok road (Panichayakarn junction – Yommarat junction) and Si Ayuthaya (Phayathai junction – Mor Leng junction).

MEA is currently speeding up its operation on Rama I road (Pathumwan– Sapan Kasatseuk junction), with a length of 1.5 km, and Ratchaprarop road (Pratu Nam – Tang Rot Fai junction), with a length of 0.6 km, which is expected to be completed by April. These two operating areas have made 95 percent progress, with the power supply system previously using overhead power cables being switched to the underground ones and demolition of some more power poles being underway.

He said the project aims to bring happiness to the people during the Songkran festival, with more beautiful and cableless roads, where the people can celebrate the festival in the capital joyfully and safely. 

The MEA project to put overhead power lines underground on additional four roads this year is significantly important to the Thai economy and tourism industry as the areas are the venues of the important places such as the National Stadium, the Royal Turf Club of Thailand under the Royal Patronage (Nang Loeng Race Course), and several giant shopping malls. The replacement of the underground cables will promote a more secure and sustainable power system for the country, while minimizing risks of damaged power equipment or blackout induced by storms or road accidents. Furthermore, the project helps boost more attractive landscapes for Bangkok, with no power and telecom cables obstructing views, which will accordingly bolster tourism business.

Commencing the construction since March 2017 and scheduled to be completed in April 2018, the MEA project on such four roads has involved a number of processes, starting from design and building of conduits, installation of low and medium voltage cables below the pavement areas, building of telecom conduits, change of power supply system from overhead power lines to the underground ones, through to demolition of overhead power and telecom cables, as well as power poles.

The decommissioned power poles will be presented to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Royal Thai Navy to be used in a coastal barrier project in order to reduce coastal erosion problem in the vicinity of Chulachomklao Fort in Samut Prakarn province. MEA has set a goal to present a total of 15,000 decommissioned power poles to the project by 2023.

The MEA underground cable project covers a total distance of 214.6 km and is due to be completed in 2021. So far, the project has finished construction of 43.5 km, representing 20.3 percent, with the remaining distance of 171.1 km being under construction, accounting for 79.7 per cent.

In 2018, MEA plans to expand the project into other areas, including Wireless road, which is one of the key economic districts.