Transparent dustbins to enhance Bangkok security

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has invested Bt1 million (S$42,000) to purchase 800 transparent dustbins and 165,000 transparent trash bags to be installed at key locations across the city to make it harder for terrorists to plant bombs, BMA Environment Office deputy director Suwanna Jungrungreung said yesterday.

Commenting on the explosion in front of Siam Paragon on February 1, Suwanna said BMA governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra instructed her office to install the clear garbage bins at the airport, skytrain stations and subway stations, and at shopping malls, bus stations, public parks, markets and theatres in densely-populated districts.

So far, 40 of the transparent dustbins have been installed around Victory Monument in Ratchathewee District and 30 in the Rajaprasong area in Pathumwan district.

In the next phrase, 460 transparent dustbins will be installed at other locations in 25 districts, including Don Muang Airport, Southern Bus Terminal, and Asiatique mall.

She said the third phrase would see 270 dustbins installed at the remaining 23 districts. Twenty transparent dustbins will be stored in reserve at the office.

By the middle of next month, all of the new dustbins will be installed, she added.

Sukhumbhand also urged members of the public to co-operate with the security operations of state officials and help by watching out for suspicious objects or persons and alerting police accordingly.