|Published : 18 Apr 2017, 18:37:30 | Updated : 18 Apr 2017, 18:43:51|
Vendors to vacate street space in Bangkok, its world famous street food scene will be missing
All types of stalls including clothes, counterfeit goods and food stalls will be banned from main roads of Bangkok, a wire service report said quoting Wanlop Suwandee, a chief advisor to Bangkok's governor.
A city official, according to the report said, all street food stalls — that have since long been depicted as the world’s famous food scene — will be cleared from Bangkok's roads by the end of the year.
Authorities say they want to impose order and cleanliness, but for many street food is a part of the culture, it said.
The move will aim at bringing order and hygiene to the Thai capital's streets, the city official said.
Officials say thousands of street stalls litter the streets, create chaos and block pedestrian paths, the report said.
All of the 50 districts of the Thai capital city — including the famous Yaowarat and Khaosan Road area — will be affected by the order of The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
Street food stalls employ thousands of people and are a major draw for tourists and they also bridge socio-economic divides, with everyone from business owners to taxi drivers sitting down at plastic chairs to slurp down a bowl of soup or eat a skewer of grilled pork, the report said.
Sanga Ruangwattanaku, the president of a business association on Khaosan Road, a major tourist area, said it the authorities go against the vendors, that will affect business and it will affect the charm of Khaosan, according to the report.