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The age-old saga of Bangkok’s bustling streets versus its iconic street stalls continues, with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on the forefront of a new regulation to unravel the decade-long situation of street stalls encroaching on pedestrian paths.

A resident of Bangkok’s Udom Suk space lamented her each day battle as a pedestrian, echoing the frustrations of many.

“Footpath warfare is actual. I find yourself strolling on the street as a substitute.”

She sighed, pointing to the ever present stalls crowding the pavements.

But, amidst the chaos, there’s hope. The BMA’s proposed regulation seeks to strike a stability between preserving the livelihoods of street distributors and reclaiming house for pedestrians. Below the draft, distributors should register, with strict earnings thresholds guaranteeing help for these actually in want.

Nevertheless, not all are on board with the plan. Yada Pornpetrumpa, representing the Khaosan Street Stall Membership, voices concern over the earnings ceiling, fearing it could spell doom for distributors in profitable areas. But, for distributors like Noi, the stakes are excessive. With goals of retiring to her hometown, the bustling streets of Bangkok are her lifeline.

Deputy Bangkok Governor Jakkapan Phiewngam assures that the BMA’s efforts aren’t a demise knell for distributors. As an alternative, they provide an opportunity for coexistence, with designated areas and negotiated rents easing the transition, reported Thai PBS World.

From the inauguration of hawker centres to the meticulous inspection of potential websites, the BMA marches ahead, undeterred by challenges. As Jakkapan asserts, the mission to control street stalls is significant for town’s infrastructure and hygiene.

In associated information, BMA has initiated a complete challenge to refurbish town’s antiquated pathways. The target is to create strong and user-friendly pathways that cater to the wants of pedestrians, notably these with disabilities and wheelchair customers, as per the announcement made by Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt on November 30.

The renovation challenge has already taken off, with work underway on the sidewalks lining each side of Udomsuk Highway within the closely populated district of Bang Na.

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