Construction Site Noise
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"Cranes start up at and you wake me up with hammers at every weekend," expatriate Klein told contractors at a meeting of irate, sleep-deprived residents.
Klein lives in an apartment in the Grand Regent in Soi Mahadlekluang 2. The block is sandwiched by two construction sites.
The nightmare may soon be over following reconciliation between the community and contractors. It is a win-win deal for the community, the contractors and Pathum Wan district.
"This is the first time a
There have been thousands of complaints about construction noise in
Led by resident Oraya Sutabutr, the community last month demanded contractors be more considerate about noise and shorten working hours on weekends. It also wanted dust control and care of public spaces.
Six more condominiums and hotels are being erected in Sois Mahadlekluang 1 to 3, adding to the half dozen already there. There is another construction site on nearby Lang Suan. This work causes noise and air pollution.
The contractors are Rittha,
When building started some months ago, residents were angered by working hours that often started as early as or even went around the clock.
They filed complaints with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and some of the problems were solved for a short period.
But Surakiat believed there would be no total solution unless the parties listened to each other's needs.
He arranged the recent meeting where the community asked contractors to start working in accordance with the law - which stipulates weekdays and on weekends as acceptable hours. Workers are required to take care when in public areas.
The community can punish contractors who ignore agreements struck at the meeting. Penalties include temporary closure for one day. For subsequent offences Bt100,000-a-day fines will be imposed and money used by the district for community improvement, such as footpaths for the disabled along Rajdamri Road and improvements to car parking at Wat Pathumwanaram.
"I'm just a middleman chairing the meeting. Everyone gets to say what they want," Surakiat says. "Nobody loses. And we get donations to improve our community, too."