Bangkok to Ban All Street Food by End of 2017

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(updated 03:37 19.04.2017)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s effort was announced on Tuesday, touted as a move to clean up the Thai capital’s streets. It is said to affect all 50 districts in the city.

“All types of stalls, including clothes, counterfeit goods and food stalls, will be banned from main city roads,” Wanlop Suwandee, a chief advisor to the governor, told AFP.

Suwandee explained that the government has turned a blind eye to illegal sales for “too long,” saying that stall vendors lead to increased litter and “chaos,” as they often block sidewalks.

“The street vendors have seized the pavement space for too long and we already provide them with space to sell food and other products legally in the market, so there will be no let-up in this operation,” Suwandee told the Nation newspaper.

Those who oppose the crackdown are worried that it will hurt the city’s charm and tourism.

“If you want to clean out all the vendors it’s like you are cleaning out our culture itself,” Chiwan Suwannapak, who works for a Bangkok tour agency, told AFP.

There are thousands of people in the city who are employed by, or run their own, street food carts.

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