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Undocumented migrant laborers may remain ’til 2025

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Both migrant workers with legal status and those without it will be able to extend their stay, which will extend their time in the country until February 13, 2025. By August 1, 2020, employees who already have a Thai work visa are eligible to apply for the long-term extension before February 13 of the following year. The strategy offers illegal workers a way to acquire some sort of legal standing. The decision was taken in order to address Thailand’s labor shortages, notably in the industrial and service sectors. The Thai Cabinet extended the permission of migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam to remain in the nation until early 2025, giving them a reprieve for the following few years. Employers of these undocumented migrant workers must provide the Department of Employment with the identities of their employees, who then have 60 days to apply for work permits. The issue of migrant workers from other countries is now more secure and standardized thanks to this action. According to data from October 2020, there are approximately 2.34 million legally registered migrant workers in Thailand. Those employees can sigh with relief knowing that their jobs are protected till 2025. After the August 1 deadline, those who will receive new permits or whose permits are up for renewal can still apply before their present permits expire and will receive a maximum of two 1-year extensions. According to government estimates, this will essentially grant the 120,000 unauthorized workers permission to remain in Thailand through February 13, 2023.

According to a government spokeswoman, people who wish to speak must submit an extension request. From these 4 nations, there are now 1.69 million documented migrant workers employed in Thailand. The number of undocumented workers is unknown, and trafficking and smuggling of these people has become an increasingly serious issue. Once their employer has completed the legalization procedure, these formerly undocumented migrant workers will be eligible to petition for one-year extensions up to two times with a cap on their stay on February 13, 2025.

PM Prayut quickens the pace of construction at Benjaketti Forest Park in Bangkok

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The government is working to increase Bangkok’s public green space inventory to a level that is acceptable on a worldwide scale, and one step in that direction is the building of Benjakitti Park. The 1.6 kilometer connection between Lumphini and Benjaketti will contain elevated park and walkway, designated bicycle lanes, and visitor rest spaces once it is finished, per its new plan and design. The public will gain greatly from the park once the development is finished. In the future, it might potentially serve as a location for important gatherings. The park draws about 3,000 visitors on weekdays and about 6,000 visitors per day on weekends, according to entrance data. The conference included discussions about expanding parking areas, extending the walkway along the road, and improving public transportation connectivity. In the Khlong Toei District of central Bangkok, next to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, lies a public park called Benjakitti Park. Prayut wants the city’s electric rail system to make parks in the Thai capital easier to reach. Benjakitti Forest Park construction has been accelerated by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha in advance of Her Majesty, the Queen Mother Sirikit’s birthday on August 12. Asok BTS Station, Sukhumvit MRT Station, and Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT Station are all nearby. Benjakitti Forest Park has welcomed more than 600,000 people while it was just partially completed. At a meeting where the governor of Bangkok, Chadchart Sittipunt, as well as leaders from the Mass Rapid Transit Authority and Bangkok Mass Transit System were present, the PM pushed for the park’s rapid construction.

In the Thai city, 200 brand-new electric buses will go into operation

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The new electric buses are a part of the city’s aim to modernize its outmoded bus services and reduce Bangkok’s overall carbon footprint. The BMTA will increase the number of trips in order to reach 19,000 rides daily. It will pass through a number of key locations, such as the Queen Sirikit Convention Center and the brand-new Bang Sue Grand Station. The State Enterprise Policy Office and the cabinet must both approve the rehabilitation plan because the problem needs to be fixed right away. The new electric bus system would gradually lessen air pollution in the Thai capital’s vicinity while swiftly bridging any gaps in the commuters’ regularly scheduled services. The BMTA argues it does not have the money to replace its aging fleet of buses, but it will be able to cooperate with private companies to provide the new services in the city. The two-year contract, which will be outsourced to private companies, will be in place. The first phase of services will begin later this year in November with 90 brand-new electric buses. In order to increase capacity and provide daily transportation for up to a million people, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority will run more than 200 electric buses in partnership with private companies. According to the BMTA, the increase in demand will require the deployment of 224 electric buses. Bus shortages have been a problem for the BMTA, making passengers wait for a very long time. Currently, 2,885 public buses operate 107 routes and cover 17,000 miles each day. Due to rising petrol prices, the daily commuter population rose as well, from 600,000 to over 700,000.