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Bangkok to become brighter, greener, cheaper after street lights upgrade

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to improve the city’s streetlights.

The Department of Public Works reported it will replace 25,000 of the capital’s 400,000 high-pressure sodium (HPS) light bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LED) to make Bangkok brighter, greener, and cheaper.

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt is working to change the city’s street light bulbs and repair ones that have been broken for years.

The department explained that the project has been divided into two phases: 25,000 street lights to be fixed before March and 40,000 more upgrades before April.

The first phase is to focus on 13 roads in the city.

The city will replace 25,000 old high-pressure sodium (HPS) light bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs to improve visibility and safety for pedestrians and drivers at night.

LED bulbs not only save energy and require less maintenance, but they also emit less carbon dioxide, a leading contributor to global warming.

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Bangkok’s 2 main train stations linked by free bus

Starting on Thursday, a complimentary shuttle bus service between Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (that’s Bang Sue Grand Station’s new name) and Hua Lamphong Station will make commuting in Bangkok more convenient. The bus service is a joint venture being operated by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).

This free bus service was created in response to the decision to make the new Krung Thep Aphiwat station the termination point for 52 long-distance trains. The revitalised new train station opened in November 2021 and serves passengers on SRT’s two urban Red Lines.

The shuttle service will consist of six low-slung NGV buses that will run between the two stations daily. Nation Thailand reports that the first bus will depart Krung Thep Aphiwat station at 4.30am, and the last bus will depart at 11pm each day. For its opening day run, the first bus will leave at noon, and then will run every 30 minutes after that.

Public buses will also have the details and schedule of the new free train-connecting bus published by the BMTA in order to increase exposure to train and bus commuters.

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ACD commander dedicated to revitalising corruption battle

The Anti-Corruption Division (ACD) in Thailand says they currently undergoing changes to transform it into a high-calibre unit that is able to combat corruption effectively.

A team of ACD officers recently arrested Rutchada Suriyakul Na Ayutya, the director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

The National Parks Department director-general was arrested on suspicion of demanding or taking bribes from subordinates and malfeasance. An envelope with 98,000 baht was found during the arrest at the department chief’s office, while another 4.9 million baht were stuffed into envelopes with the names of subordinates on them.

Referred to as “the graveyard” in the past, the ACD was less an effective office and more of a punishment. Officers who committed offences were transferred to the department to atone. The previous deputy secretary of the ACD was himself busted for corruption.

Now the Anti-Corruption Division is working closely with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and other agencies to tackle corruption in Thailand. Its commander is determined to turn the ACD into a respectable police unit which people can rely on. He described the indifference of those assigned Anti-Corruption duty previously and his intention to change that.