Chiang Mai Walking Street
(Photo: chiangmai.bangkok.com)

Bangkok (NNT/VNA) - Chiang Mai province has planned to pursue a Smart City model to improve the quality of life of local villagers.

Chiang Mai Provincial Governor Supachai Iamsuwan said the northern province is on track to develop public facilities, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life under the Smart City model.

He said the province will encourage cultural tourism, safe agriculture which helps farmers earn more income, environmental protection, trade and investment as well as the health of local residents and elderly persons.

Chiang Mai province, listed as one of Thailand’s seven Smart Cities, has also planned to promote the use of electric vehicles with clean energy, which will be in line with the Provincial Electricity Authority’s development plans for cities and relocate electrical and utility cables underground to improve the urban landscape.

The urban landscape improvement by relocating cables and renovating sidewalks will initially take place in Chiang Mai University’s campus and along Nimmanahaeminda Road. The province has aimed to encourage the public participation with local communities for sustainable development. – NNT/VNA