By TANUTPONG KONGSAI
BANGKOK officials have said they will explain information posted on a Thai website that allegedly puts a very high price - Bt800,000 - on 4 terrabyte (TB) hard disks used with closed circuit TV cameras.
Traipop Khantayaporn, head of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Traffic and Transport Department’s Traffic System Development Division, said he would check related information and explain details to the media tomorrow.
A user account named “SaManTaGTR_NBS” at notebookspec.com claimed to have a six-page document about budgetary and reference pricing for CCTV at Area 2 Administrative Centre. It reportedly included details on the fifth page about 19 external hard disks for CC cameras, each with at least 4TB capacity, at a price of Bt800,000 a piece – and a total of Bt15.2 million.
It said the information on buying new CCTV cameras was on the city’s website (office.bangkok.go.th) but budgets to procure new cameras and many items were a lot more than market prices. The document reportedly showed seven external hard disks of at least 15TB at Bt2.777 million per unit and three external hard disks of at least 20TB at Bt3.45 million per unit.
It urged the authorities to probe possible corruption, as a normal hard disk within a CCTV camera should be only about Bt6,000. So, the said price was too high even for an external hard disk.