The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) plans to ask its board to delay signing contracts for high-speed railway From Bangkok – NakhonRachashima.
The State Railway of Thailand will propose contracts worth 50.6 billion baht ($ 1.54 billion) to be signed By October 2020, the BangkokPost reported.
Worawut Mala, deputy governor of The State Railway of Thailand, said contract signing could not be carried out as officials did not agree on the cost, Rail, signaling and transport systems. Furthermore, the 28th Thai-China Joint Commission meeting as part of the signing of the contract did not take place due to the outbreak of Covid-19 is therefore timely.
The $5.46 billion railroad, which has a total length of 253 kilometers from Bangkok-Nakhonrachashima, has 14 contracts. Of the 14 contracts, the bidding process for the 13 projects has been completed, with the last contract involving the construction of the railway from Bang Sue-Dong Moeung. The line intersects with the $ 7.4 billion high-speed rail network to connect three major airports.
The State Railway of Thailand will meet with a consortium led by Charoen PokPhand, responsible for the construction of the railway project. Last month, the Thai government vowed to invest more than $ 21 billion into the country’s railway network to improve connectivity and reduce environmental pollution.
Thailand has pushed its last deadline for high-speed rail talks to be extended to China. The State Railway of Thailand said in mid-April that China had not responded to its inquiries. The project is likely to be dropped on Beijing’s priority list as it is unlikely to be completed anytime soon.
Nikkei Asian Review