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No plans to demolish Govt House pressroom, says Panadda

Acting PM's Office permanent-secretary ML Panadda Diskul yesterday denied that up to Bt300 million would be spent to renovate Government House before the interim administration begins, saying concerned officials had yet to come up with funds.

He said National Council for Peace and Order chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said at the NCPO meeting that the media room near the Thai Khu Fa building that has been a workplace for reporters for 35 years would not be demolished. The room would only be cleaned and repainted.

It was claimed that the media room would be modified and become a reception area for followers of government guests. Panadda said the decision to renovate the room was not final.

Maj-General Wiwat Suchart, chief of the Army's Post Engineering Department, said the NCPO had nothing to do with the renovation plan. He said permanent officials at Government House drew up the plan before the latest political change.

A Government House source said the Army's Post Engineering Department has been assigned to help renovate some buildings. The Nari Samosorn building will be modified as a reception for government guests, as the building is not suitable for use as offices.


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