Thai-Chinese High Speed Railway Talks Underway

BANGKOK, Thailand’s Ministry of Transport said the long-delayed Thailand-China high-speed train project is likely to be considered in detail before a full report on the project can be completed and submitted to the cabinet for consideration in mid-January, Vietnam news agency (VNA) reported.

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Thai Deputy Permanent Secretary of Transport Phirapol Thavornsupacharoen said the report and the cabinet’s decision on the project and recommendations – if there are any – will be presented for discussion at the Thailand-China joint railway cooperation forum from Jan 16 to 18.

If approved, the project can proceed initially with the handover of land for the construction.

Bidding for the 95 billion baht (US$2.7 billion) high-speed railway project between Bangkok and Hua Hin and the 152 billion baht (US$4.34 billion) Bangkok-Rayong high-speed railway project is slated for the third quarter of this year under the public-private partnership.

The private sector could present their land beside the rail lines for commercial development and would be required to conduct feasibility studies and environmental impact assessments at its own costs.

The ministry will try to finish two reports on the projects before they are submitted to the National Economic and Social Development Board and the cabinet for consideration respectively.

The signing of contracts for the four dual-track railway projects worth 91 billion baht (US$3.95 billion) is expected to take place before March 26, including the 167 km Prachuab Khiri Khan-Chumporn project, the 132 km Mabkabao-Chira project, the 148 km Lop Buri-Paknam Po and the 165 km Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin project.

Source: BERNAMA

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