Bangkok has some of the world’s worst traffic. It may not be quite as bad as Jakarta or Manila, but traffic in Bangkok is certainly far worse than anything most Americans have ever experienced.
Thailand hasn’t seen the extremes that have occurred outside Beijing, for instance, such as the extensive rail network. And though infrastructure projects have long been a source of corruption in the country, they’ve continued to invest in roads and expressways. Say what you will about the rest of Thailand, but Bangkok hasn’t lacked for infrastructure investment — yet that hasn’t made a dent in traffic.
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So the Thai military junta is trying a new approach: The city’s police chief has been given 3 months to fix the problem. That’s the approach.
Acting Metropolitan Police chief Sanit Mahathavorn has been given three months to solve Bangkok’s traffic gridlock otherwise he could face the music, police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said.
Pol Gen Chakthip said he had instructed Pol Lt Gen Sanit to reduce congestion by 40-50% by February because of the many complaints from the public.
…”I am not a power-monger who transfers his men without proper justification. If he is good, he will get my backing…”
The police chief said the acting Metropolitan Police chief could face repercussions if he cannot accomplish his assignment.
I expect this to work as well as the Pattaya police chief telling officers to stop taking bribes, the junta providing free, comprehensive nationwide wifi, or the military government successfully stamping out bad Thai food around the world.