Stalls Management for Healthy Bangkok Metropolitan: A Case Study of Stalls in front of Bang Khae Market, Bang Khae District, Bangkok
Keywords:stalls, market, Bangkok Metropolitan, Bang Khae
Objectives: 1) To study the management process of stalls and the market operation in Bang Khae District 2) To study problems and obstacles in managing the stalls by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration 3) To present the development guidelines for stalls in Bangkok in the future.
Methods: The study employed questionaires by stakeholders including 6 Ban khae District officers. 83 hawkers from temporary stalls in front of outbound Bang Khae market, 65 traders in the Bang Khae shopping center market, Bang Khae New Market and Saeng Fah Ha Pae Market, as well as 35 shoppers and pedestrians.
Results: It was found that stall traders were willing to move to locations provided by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration because there was only a moderate fee and there were few other choices. The motivation was there were markets that can accommodate stall traders and they were legal stalls. The driving force were buyers support the relocation of the stalls and the city prohibited roadside stalls. Resistance were traders were attached to the old location, the prohibition of stalls was not enforced strictly and traders were looking for support from local politicians. The suggestion is there should be a firm policy to prohibit roadside stalls since traders already had alternative locations. If relocation of roadside stalls into the market is successful, it will be a case study for other areas. Supporting measures by the government may include initial capital with cheap interest rate, charging no rental fee but only water and electricity.
Conclusion: It can be concluded that it is highly feasible to relocate the stalls to a proper location provided by the city.
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