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Thailand – TDRI proposes dual-track railway project to military junta for approval

Via: Thai PBS

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Thailand Development and Research Institute is to propose the 118-billion baht dual-track railway project to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) for approval after seeing its greater  advantages to travel and transportation than the 783-billion baht high-speed train project of which its viability is seriously doubted.

The proposal will be raised at the meeting of the National Council for Peace and Order today to discuss investment in  transport mega projects.

The dual-track railway project is expected to be highlighted at the meeting.

TDRI researcher Sumet Ongkittikul said he would encourage the military junta to proceed the dual-track project as it is very significant to the country’s transportation and so far there was no progress on it.

He said the project would attract more people to use railway service in travelling, and industries also would turn to it for transportation of cargoes.

He said any restructuring of investment  in the railway system needed to take into consideration the present railway organisation and its performance.

He said separate state agency should be established to supervise railway transport , and a railway organisation should also be set up to handle investment.

Railway infrastructure and train operation services must be separated and the private sector should be allowed  to play more role in train service.

He said the five dual-track railways with a combined 767 kilometres in length require an investment of over 100 billion baht.

They comprise Lop Buri to Pak Nam Pho in Nakhon Sawan (118 km), Nakhon Pathom to Hua Hin (165 km), Map Ka Bao in Saraburi to Nakhon Ratchasima (132 km), Nakhon Ratchasima to Khon Kaen (185 km), and Prachuap Khiri Khan to Chumphon (167 km).

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SUMMARY: He said the project would attract more people to use railway service in travelling, and industries also would turn to it for transportation of cargoes.

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/tdri-proposes-dual-track-railway-project-military-junta-approval/

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Personal thought:

The NCPO (military junta), so far, is making damn fine decisions. Good for them.

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