Published on : Monday, August 28, 2017
Thailand The Cabinet of Thailand has approved a draft contract for the construction and the design of the first phase of the high speed railway project with Chinese government to set the mission of the new Silk Route dream to foster the trade in south East Asia.
This will be a 252 km high-speed railway will link the capital city Bangkok and the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima. It is scheduled to be operational by 2021.
The Thai cabinet and National Legislative Assembly have recently approved the first phase of the new railway.
Once all phases are completed, it is set to catapult the trade and tourism with its neighbouring cities and the countries of Asia.
The project will be a legacy project between the two countries, Thailand and China. By laying the foundations along the new Silk Road for a comprehensive modern rail network that will help meet the demands of domestic and international cross border traffic.
From a domestic or regional perspective, the project is set to substantially benefit Thailand in the long run.
It is noted that the poor railway connectivity in Thailand make a laggard to the economical growth of Thailand. The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok announced that construction work will begin from the next month of October.
The two contracts will be signed during Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to China on 4-5 September, 2017.
China will provide expertise and supervision, while Thailand will provide equipment and materials.
At the request of Thailand, China will also use a number of Thai engineers and architects to assist the reassign the proficiency in maintaining, operating and managing high-speed railways.
The first phase of the grand railway connection will link the Thai capital, Bangkok, with the northeastern city of Nakhom Ratchasima, which is set to start operation in four years time.
The construction of the 252 km stretch of the 250 kph high speed rail project is estimated to cost THB 179 billion (USD $5.2 billion).
The second phase of the railway project will cross borders and connect to the China-Laos rail line, which is currently under construction.
This second phase will run from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai on the Thai-Laos border to connect with the China-Laos railway to form the main line from Bangkok to Kunming.
The third phase of the project will connect China’s southern city of Kunming with Bangkok and Vientiane, the capital of Laos, by high-speed rail.
The military government of Thailand has made the rail development and construction its top transport priority.
The government of Thailand wants to double the tracks and modernise the 120-year-old railway networks by increasing the existing 4,000 kilometres of rail infrastructure to 10,000 kilometres over the next 10 years.