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May 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 131

Underground business is booming these days and that is where the major opportunity actually lies. Thailand under the King's Patronage now has the potential for ASEAN underground tunnel construction, according to the Thailand Underground and Tunneling Group (TUTG). The limited land in downtown commercial, that is, the core of Bangkok, meant for above the ground development has led to the need to come up with several underground tunnels and commercial developments in central business areas such as Ploenchit, Chidlom and Sukhumvit, this according to the president of TUTG.

According to Suchatvee, it became necessary for the working force of the state agencies to become educated in order to change their views and perception on the cost of underground development being higher than that of above the ground constructions. Look at the benefits of underground developments: reduction of traffic congestion, numerous tourist attractions, cutting down on the possibility of future natural disasters and others.

Once the ASEAN Economic Community has been launched, Thailand is expected to take massive advantage of these underground constructions to come up with thunderous underground engineering projects. It will also form the comfort of designers, consultants, managers and construction engineers, personnel, equipment and supply of construction materials. However, Thailand may not benefit unless the government begins a promotion on the businesses, services and products offered.

The just concluded World Tunnel Congress that Bangkok hosted from May 18 to 23 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre with the theme "Tunneling and Underground Spaces for the Global Society" saw experts from 64 countries of the world meet to present their innovations for the underground construction. On display were also underground construction technologies in use so far.

It was also noted that there are some underground development aspects that Thailand lacks and the government of Thailand should allocate about two percent of the country's budget in infrastructure to massive research and development on new construction techniques. Suchatvee also said that this would definitely boost the level of readiness of Thailand to become the latest hub for the ASEAN underground tunneling.

Thailand is one of the oldest and founding members of the ITA-AITES that actually helped to organize the World Tunnel Congress. The World Tunnel Congress now houses the Olympics of Construction Engineering for the World, one of the world's leading international conferences.

There are several advantages that tunnels offer; that is drainage and prevention of floods, trains, cars, electric subways, underground departmental stores, sport and recreation centers, underground commercial stores, underground residences, energy transport, high voltage electric delivery and many others.

Several Asian authorities actually including Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia have used underground tunnels for several years to prevent flooding and destruction of property. They have also used underground tunnels for several investments. According to Suchatvee, it is high time the government of Thailand moved into thorough research on and development of underground tunnels and other related projects to take advantage of the countless gains it offers.

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