We often look above our heads here in Thailand and think “wow, it’s all in a tangle”. Yes the cable system across the country has to be one of the most dangerous methods of connecting business and houses to electrical services and internet services. The cable mess in Bangkok has been under recent scrutiny.
A visit from Mr Bill gates himself to Thailand, which prompted him to snap a photo of the congested wiring system and post to Facebook, despite the post going viral, had little effect. After the post hit the media, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced an immediate clear up of the mess by Metropolitan Electricity Authority known as (MEA). The Prime Minister demanded cables were re-installed underground and out of public sight. Initially MEA carried out the directive, but it was short lived and in many sois across Bangkok the cables remain in place.
Telecommunication companies were also instructed to take action and to install their cables underground. A look back since the directive was announced and visible action has been taken in Silom, Phaya Thai, Phahonyothin, Sukhumvit, Pathumwan and Lumpini.
In surburban areas the MEA has joined forces with the National Broadcasting and telecommunications Commission as well as TOT Limited to address the issues along the busy major roads such as Ngam Wongwarn.
Residents and visitors who are concerned over the overhead cable system can also alert authorities by calling 1130 (MEA call centre). Call will be logged and an action plan will be put in place to action the main areas of concern. MEA and the National Broadcasting company have declared any unused cables will be removed and disposed off. The target for this project originally was set at ten years, however, a recent announcement has stated the project is set for completion within a five year period.
Looking around the cable mess in Bangkok, there seems to be a lot of work ahead for the team dedicated to cleaning up this birds nest wiring system.