BTS inaccessible for disabled people

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is sued by a group 98 people with disabilities for not installing elevators at various BTS stations.

The lawsuit came from Suporntum Monkolsawadi who had appealed to the Administrative court in Jan 2015 to order BMA to install elevators and special parking lots at all 23 BTS stations to people with disabilities during the first phase of the BTS.

The appeal was accepted by the BMA and a plan was laid out to install elevators by the end of 2015 however, only 3 elevators were installed.

The plan has been delayed since end of 2015. The complainant Suporntum Monkolsawadi has demanded for a compensation of 1,000 THB per day based on expenses incurred and inconveniences caused due to lack of elevators.

There are 97 other supporters (disable people) with Suporntum Monkolsawadi who have demanded 1,000 THB per day which makes the total compensation to 35.8 million baht if proven guilty by court the BMA has to pay.

Earlier BMA passed a budget of 200 million baht to install elevators in all stations however only 4 were installed. According to the report the BMA said property owners near the stations do not want elevators to hinder their view.

According to the BTS website elevators are installed in Chong Nonsi, Siam, Mo Chit, Asok, On Nut, Krung Thonburi, Wongwian Yai, Pho Nimit, Talat Phlu, Wutthakat and Bang Wa Station.

elevators at BTS stations

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