Local authorities beneath fire once more for shady street lamp purchases

An anti-corruption watchdog group is as quickly as again calling out a neighborhood authorities organisation for another buy of expensive avenue lamps in Thailand. Many have accused a local administrative organisation in Samut Prakan, the subsequent province simply south east of Bangkok, of overpaying for the solar-powered lamps adorned with kinnaree figures of a legendary half-bird, half-woman, painted gold.
Hundreds of the decorative lamp posts have been placed throughout Samut Prakan’s Racha Thewa area. Some positioned along streets that also need to be developed. Fortune shared within the media reveals the lamp submit lined along a avenue so flooded that it looks extra like a river. Another photograph shows the lamp posts lining an undeveloped street with overgrown vegetation.
The Racha Thewa Tambon Administrative Organisation is under fireplace again for inviting digital bids for the procurement of 720 more solar-powered lamps topped with the kinnaree figures at a median value of 68.7 million baht. The Facebook page Watchdog ACT says the results from the e-bidding might be released on March 11 and the project should be intently watched.
“Again, they make one other purchase. We should closely watch this new purchase venture.”

Almost 1 billion baht has been spent on the decorative lamp posts in Racha Thewa since 2013, the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand, or ACT, estimates. The native government confronted widespread criticism final 12 months and had been even investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Commission following accusations that that they had overpaid for the road lamps. From 2019 to 2021, the Racha Thewa TAO reportedly spent 642.6 million baht on 6,773 lamp posts. That’s ninety four,884 baht for each avenue lamp.
The NACC launched its investigation into the alleged irregularities of the procurement of the street lamps in July 2021. Last month, the Bangkok Post reported that the commission was rushing up its investigation and had requested more paperwork..

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