Local authorities underneath hearth once more for shady road lamp purchases

An anti-corruption watchdog group is once once more calling out an area authorities organisation for an additional purchase of costly road lamps in Thailand. Many have accused a neighborhood 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 mythical half-bird, half-woman, painted gold.
Hundreds of the ornamental lamp posts have been positioned throughout Samut Prakan’s Racha Thewa area. Some placed alongside streets that also need to be developed. One photo shared in the media exhibits the lamp publish lined alongside a avenue so flooded that it appears extra like a river. Another photo reveals the lamp posts lining an undeveloped road with overgrown vegetation.
Psycho is under hearth once more for inviting electronic 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 web page Watchdog ACT says the results from the e-bidding shall be launched on March eleven and the project have to be intently watched.
“Again, they make one other buy. We must intently watch this new buy challenge.”
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 local authorities confronted widespread criticism final 12 months and were even investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Commission following accusations that they’d overpaid for the street 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 every 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 fee was dashing up its investigation and had requested extra paperwork..

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