Members of the public are no longer allowed to feed fish at the deserted New World Mall, as the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered the area sealed pending an inspection to see if the structure is safe.
This move followed pictures circulated on social media showing people feeding fish in a 500-square metre pond created by rainwater pouring in through a gaping hole in the roof after the building’s illegally built fifth to 11th floors were torn down. People living nearby then reportedly released fish in 2003 to eradicate mosquito larvae and the “pond” became an attraction of sorts.
Phra Nakhon District Office director assistant Pramern Krairos yesterday inspected the four-storey building that was closed in 1997. He said a detailed inspection would take about a month, during which time officials would test the water in the area and have it sprayed with mosquito repellent. The city would also ask the owner if he still wants the “pond”, and if not he would need to pump out the water and fix the roof in order to prevent the problem from recurring, he said.