December 23, 2011 Bangkok Post
UPDATE BELOW December 27th
The State Railway of Thailand will exempt stall rents for vendors at Chatuchak Weekend Market for two months ahead of its takeover of the market management from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
SRT governor Yutthana Thapchaoren said yesterday the SRT would take over the market administration from the BMA on Jan 2.
Mr Yutthana said the SRT will form working groups to run the market for the first two months, within which time it will set up a subsidiary to administer the market.
During the two months, the SRT will try to work out reasonable rents with vendors and will invite them to take part in further developing the market.
Rents will vary, depending on the four zones of the market, and the SRT expects to initially make at least 200 million baht a year.
The SRT will present its Chatuchak market management plan to the cabinet for consideration on Tuesday.
It will invite Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra to attend a ceremony to reopen the market under the management of the SRT.
Mr Yutthana expects the transition from the BMA to the SRT to go smoothly. However, he will ask the police to secure the market at the start of the transition.
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The wrangle between the State Railway of Thailand and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration over the Chatuchak weekend market reached a crucial point on Tuesday when the cabinet acknowledged the SRT’s plan to manage the market itself after the land lease held by City Hall expires on Jan 1.
Deputy Transport Minister Chatt Kuldilok said the cabinet instructed the SRT to draw up a detailed plan to set up a subsidiary to run the famous weekend market.
Pol Lt-Gen Chatt said the BMA is required to return the land to the SRT on Jan 2.
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