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Experts: How to Improve Bangkok Land Use

By on Jan 08, 2015 in Investment-Land

723119Bangkok is being urged to increase its land use in inner areas and secondary cities such as Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen are being pushed to come up with decent urban planning to reduce the adverse effects of rapid urbanisation. Asst Prof Niramon Kulsrisombat, director of the Urban Design and Development Center, said Greater Bangkok’s population would reach 20 million in the next 20 years, but space for urban growth was limited.

The largest pieces owned by government agencies include a 500-rai plot in the Makkasan area owned by the State Railway of Thailand, 600 rai that formerly housed the Thai Tobacco Monopoly’s headquarters near the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, 2,500 rai in Klong Toey district and plots totalling 600 rai under tollways.

Besides urban planning, public transport offering convenient travel and connected transit as well as ensuring liveability for everyone should top the agenda, said Khong Cho Oon, Shell International’s chief political analyst. He said urbanisation would have a huge effect on energy demand, efficiency and sustainability and directly affect people’s quality of life.

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