The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (Thai: ?; RTGS: Krung Thep Maha Nakhon) (BMA) is the local government of Bangkok (also called Krung Thep Maha Nakhon in Thai), which includes the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand. The government is composed of two branches: the executive (or the Governor of Bangkok) and the legislative (or Bangkok Metropolitan Council). The administration's roles are to formulate and implement policies to manage Bangkok. Its purview includes transport services, urban planning, waste management, housing, roads and highways, security services, and the environment.
According to the Thailand Future Foundation, Bangkok employs a workforce of 97,000, including 3,200 municipal officers in Bangkok city, 200 in the city Law Enforcement Department, and 3,000 in district offices.
|Governor of Bangkok|
Seal of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
|Term length||4 years renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Chamnan Yaovabun|
The Governor of Bangkok (Thai: ?) is the head of the local government of Bangkok. The governor is also the chief executive of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). The governor is elected to a renewable term of four years, currently it is one of the two directly elected executive offices in the kingdom. The office is comparable to that of a city mayor.
The current incumbent is Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang. He was appointed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha using Section 44 of the interim charter to replace Sukhumbhand Paribatra. The reason given for his ouster was "...because he was involved in many legal cases."
The powers and role of the office of Governor of Bangkok in accordance with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Act, BE 2528 (1985) (Thai: ?.?. 2528 are as follows:
Since 1973 the city was administered by a single executive appointed by the cabinet from city civil servants. However soon it was determined that the executive office should a popularly elected office instead. The passage of the Bangkok Metropolis Administrative Organisation Act, BE 2518 (1975) (Thai: ?.?. 2518), created the Bangkok Metropolis to replace Bangkok Province and created an elected governor with a four-year term.
The first election for the office was held on the 10 August 1975. Thamnoon Thien-ngern was elected as the first Governor of Bangkok. Conflicts between the governor and the Bangkok Metropolitan Council, however, became so fierce that Thanin Kraivichien, the Prime Minister of Thailand removed him and reinstated the appointment system. Elections resumed with the passing of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Act, BE 2528 (1985). Elections were held on 14 November 1985.
|No.||Name||Term Start||Term Ends||Political Party|
|1||Chamnan Yaovabun||1 January 1973||22 October 1973||(Appointed)|
|2||At Visutyothaphiban||1 November 1973||4 June 1974||(Appointed)|
|3||Siri Santabutra||5 June 1974||9 March 1975||(Appointed)|
|4||Sai Hutacharoen||5 May 1975||9 August 1975||(Appointed)|
|5||Thammanoon Thien-ngern||10 August 1975||29 April 1977||Democrat Party|
|6||Chalor Thammasiri||29 April 1977||14 May 1979||(Appointed)|
|7||Chaowat Sudlapa||4 July 1979||16 April 1981||(Appointed)|
|8||Thiem Mokaranont||28 April 1981||1 November 1984||(Appointed)|
|9||Asa Meksavan||6 November 1984||13 November 1985||(Appointed)|
|10||Chamlong Srimuang||14 November 1985||14 November 1989||Ruam Palang Group|
|7 January 1990||22 January 1992||Palang Dharma Party|
|11||Krisda Arunvongse na Ayudhya||19 April 1992||18 April 1996||Palang Dharma Party|
|12||Bhichit Rattakul||3 June 1996||22 July 2000||Independent|
|13||Samak Sundaravej||23 July 2000||28 August 2004||Citizens Party|
|14||Apirak Kosayodhin||29 August 2004||28 August 2008||Democrat Party|
|5 October 2008||19 November 2008|
|15||Mom Rajawongse Sukhumbhand Paribatra||11 January 2009||9 January 2013||Democrat Party|
|3 March 2013||18 October 2016|
|16||Aswin Kwanmuang||18 October 2016||Present||(Appointed)|
Bangkok Metropolitan Council
Sapha Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Chairman of the Council
since 12 February 2020
|29 August 2010|
|Bangkok City Hall|
The Bangkok Metropolitan Council or BMC (Thai: ?) is the legislative branch of the administration. It is vested with primary legislative powers as well as the power to scrutinize and advise the governor. The council is headed by the Chairman of the Bangkok Metropolitan Council (Thai: ?). The current chairman, since 2013, is Captain Kriangsak Lohachala.
The number of members depends on the size of Bangkok's population. One member represents one hundred thousand people. Currently there are 60 members, elected from 57 constituencies (some constituencies elect more than one member) in Bangkok. Each is elected to a four-year term. The last election was held on 30 April 2006.
The council is divided into 11 general committees with five to nine members appointed by the councillors themselves:
The Secretariat of the Bangkok Metropolitan Council (Thai: ) is the executive agency of the council. The secretariat helps the council in all its roles including drafting of legislation, organisation of sessions, minutes and procedures of the council. The secretariat also helps members of the council by providing research and legal counsel. The secretariat is headed by the Secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Council (Thai: ?) The current secretary is Manit Tej-Apichok. The secretariat itself is divided into nine sections:
BMA has 65 departments in total, 50 of which are departments respective to the 50 districts of Bangkok. The rest consist of: Strategy and Planning Department, Finance Department, Bureau of the Budget, Public Works Department, Drainage and Sewerage Department, Department of Social Development, Department of Environment, Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, Health Department, Bangkok Educational Office, Traffic and Transport Department, Department of City Planning, Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and the Medical Services Department.
City Law Enforcement Department is the primary unit for overseeing security and orderliness of Bangkok with more than 3,000 quality personnel. Which has 5 important tasks which are to organize the city, Security, Traffic supervision, Tourism Administration and other special missions. Responsible for overseeing, investigating, arresting, prosecuting and enforcing Bangkok Metropolis regulations and other laws within the jurisdiction of Bangkok including operations beyond the authority of the district office or in the case of serious danger to most people.
The Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation operates the city's fire and rescue services. The Bangkok City Council reported in February 2018 that, of Bangkok's 874 fire trucks, only 88 were in "good" condition. Another 340 were rated "only just usable", 232 were "dilapidated", and 225 were parked permanently. Firefighting boats were found to be in roughly the same shape: three of 31 vessels were ranked in "good" condition and 21 were out of service and permanently docked. The BMA's firefighting unit has not been allocated a vehicle maintenance budget for nearly 10 years. The BMA employs 1,800 firefighters as of 2018 .
The Medical Services Department operates 11 hospitals and is headquartered at BMA General Hospital (Klang Hospital) in Pom Prap Sattru Phai District. Other hospitals include Taksin Hospital, Charoenkrung Pracharak Hospital, Sirindhorn Hospital, Lat Krabang Hospital, Luang Pho Taweesak Hospital, Wetchakarunrasm Hospital, Ratchaphiphat Hospital, Khlong Sam Wa Hospital, Bang Na Hospital and the Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital. The department also operates the Erawan Medical Centre for emergency medical services.
As of 2018BMA's annual budget is nearly 80 billion baht.
The Bangkok Post has made the point that, although the city suffers from the "worst traffic congestion in the world after Mexico City", 37 disparate agencies are responsible for traffic management, planning, and infrastructure. It maintains that the city government panders to personal automobile use. As evidence, it points to the city's plans to construct four new bridges across the Chao Phraya River, its runaway air pollution, its lack of green space--less than that of any other Asian capital--and its "...obsession with felling trees along Bangkok streets."