Bangkok governor urges universities to join citywide cleanup efforts

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Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt recently participated in a Big Bangkok cleanup event at Swuniplex retail plaza on Asokemontri Road, organised by Srinakharinwirot University. The event saw the involvement of university lecturers and students, Watthana district office executive officials, and representatives from various networks and agencies.

During his address, Chadchart praised the university for being a role model in environmental maintenance and urged other institutions to initiate similar cleanup projects.

“Bangkok cannot do it alone as we need allies to improve the capital. I wish to expand the Asoke model throughout the capital.”

The 57 year old city chief also emphasised that the Bangkok cleaup event aligns with the 20-year national strategy and Thailand’s sustainable development goals. Srinakharinwirot University believes that every agency in the city should adopt sustainable development guidelines for academic activities.

This marks the third time the university has hosted a Bangkok cleanup event, with the latest iteration aiming to foster cooperation with networks and agencies to promote waste management and road safety in Asoke and surrounding areas, reported Bangkok Post.

In addition to the Big Cleaning Day event, Chadchart presided over a housing development project at Chumchon Pracharuamjai 1 in Chatuchak district on Saturday evening. The project, organised by public and private agencies, seeks to promote community development along the city’s canals and encourage community participation in environmental care. Chadchart said…

“It must be a sustainable effort that relies on everyone’s collaboration.”

Kajit Chatchavanich, the permanent secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, highlighted the importance of collaboration in driving community growth. The project aims to eventually assist 50 districts, in line with Chadchart’s policy to develop Bangkok’s communities. Chatchavanich also expressed gratitude to members of the public and private sectors for their cooperation in the project.

The development of canalside communities in Bangkok, such as Chumchon Pracharuamjai 1, resulted from the city’s growth and the relocation of several villages to the Prem Prachakorn Canal. This has led to various issues, including ineffective drainage, but the project is now considered a success in addressing these challenges.

Thailand News

Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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