CM residents make requests for city’s development on Phaya Mangrai Day

Chiang Mai’s 712th anniversary

CMM Reporter

A religious ceremony was held at the Phaya (King) Mangrai Shrine on Ratchadamnern Road on April 12, Phaya (King) Mangrai day, to commemorate the founding of the city 712 years ago by the great King Mangrai. The ceremony was presided over by Dr. Mom Chao Duangduen na Chiengmai, the president of Chiang Mai Culture Council, and was attended by officials from the city’s organizations and public people.
The Vice-President of the City Development Institute Foundation, Dr. Tanes Charoenmuang, summarized the present needs of residents, and announced the Institute Foundation’s responses using 14 points which had been raised mostly concerned with public infrastructures, social status, and improvement projects

1. The King Mangrai Royal Family palace, so-called “Khum Lang”, had been used as a women’s prison today; should be removed, and then this former royal palace should be renovated and restored, and will become the improvement of a “City Gate” grounds, a new green recreation area to be in which events and activities will be staged.

2. Concern has been raised about the extension to Chiang Mai International Airport, citing possible property damage, noise pollution and damage to health; the airport should therefore be relocated at a far distance from the city itself.

3. At present the Bangkok-Chiang Mai rail service runs on a single track for some distance; the track should be upgraded to a double track.

4. Improvements should be made to Chiang Mai’s public transportation (mass transit) system in the city in order to reduce private car usage, and to decrease traffic jams in the city.

5. To respect the former rights of districts and communities regarding development projects particularly the road construction projects in their areas, and to protect the irrigation canals in the old city, as its destruction would severely affect agricultural areas

6. By modifying both sides of the River Ping and the city moat, city walls and increasing the green areas around the sidewalks, the green zone in the city will be increased, and its historical significance will be enhanced as well as landscaping along the Ping river banks.

7. To restore and rebuild the ancient city walls, and to reduce the surrounding commercial areas, increasing the public access areas and using buildings for education, culture and as museums.

8. Temple sites should be used as models for preservation of the city’s Buddhist heritage, and not as parking lots. The Buddhist Dharma as preached in the temples should be stressed as a way to avoid attachment to material things. Hotels and shops should not be constructed in proximity to temples.

9. Sidewalks should be used for walking in the shade, not as a place for selling goods.

10. The local administration should collect and properly deal with rubbish from properties in the city, and, when suitable, should arrange for its conversion to methane gas to be used in the production of electricity.

11. A renovation project for the Inthakil Temple should proceed, thus allowing worshippers to use the temple for their devotions. There should be no parking allowed, nor any roads dividing the temple area.

12. The Chiang Mai-Lampang road area in front of the Jed Yod Temple should be renovated and kept as a green area in time for the 600th Anniversary in 2009 of Phraya Tilokarat, the great 15th century King of Lanna.

13. Laws should be strictly upheld, alcohol should not be sold during Songkran, residents and visitors should dress correctly, respect traditions, celebrate safely and not throw water from vehicles.

14. To protect the city of Chiang Mai from following Bangkok’s infatuation with extravagance, inappropriate construction and “concrete fever”.

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