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Thailand puts high-speed rail project on track with land pledge

MARIMI KISHIMOTO, Nikkei staff writer

 

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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, center, applauds after signing a contract Oct. 24 for a high-speed rail line connecting three Bangkok-area airports. (Photo by Eri Ishii)

 

BANGKOK -- Thailand finally reached an agreement for construction of a high-speed rail line linking three airports serving Bangkok, after making a unusual pledge to secure all land for the builders in a timely fashion.

 

A consortium led by Charoen Pokphand Group, Thailand's biggest conglomerate, signed a contract with the State Railway of Thailand in fall 2019 to build the line linking Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang International and U-Tapao International airports. The route, expected to reduce travel time to one hour, is due to partially open in 2023.

  

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiled and clapped at the signing ceremony, where he was next to CP Group CEO Suphachai Chearavanont. But the negotiations that produced the agreement for the 224.5 billion baht ($7.39 billion) project were far less chummy.

 

CP's consortium won an intense competition against BTS Group Holdings, an urban railway operator, for the priority right to negotiate with the SRT. But a final deal was postponed repeatedly.

 

Full story: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transportation/Thailand-puts-high-speed-rail-project-on-track-with-land-pledge

 

Nikkei: 2020-01-19

 

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Certainly there is no history of land access being managed properly to allow timely railway construction, too many vested interests and lack of willingness to use compulsory purchase where pooyais are involved. 
 

Let’s see what the military, not commercially, based Government can do this time.

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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

after making a unusual pledge to secure all land for the builders in a timely fashion.

That statement right there is a "beware" statement. No wonder after the highly publicized show yesterday of police and military joined in unison for the first time ever on a parade field, and the show of the new and old new toys they have acquired, I don't reckon anyone gonna say no you can't have my property. Just wish they get more than full market value for the acquisition. BTW, those new armored carriers in the parade look pretty nice and packed with fire power. Wonder how they will eventually use them since they never have wars.

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18 minutes ago, Orton Rd said:

Money would be better spent upgrading the existing train system into the 20th century

And even then its at least 20 years behind, as we now live already in the 21st!

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There you go, all that was needed was a promise, one among many, and all will be well.

 

Pretty easy this prime minister sh|t isn't it?

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1 hour ago, Is this real said:

The citizens of Thailand will suffer greatly because this money should be spent on building dams and reservoirs to control the annual droughts and floods.

Unfortunately, the average Thai citizen doesn't matter.

I think you have a point, more good at the moment from a decent water infrastructure

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2 hours ago, Classic Ray said:

Certainly there is no history of land access being managed properly to allow timely railway construction, too many vested interests and lack of willingness to use compulsory purchase where pooyais are involved. 
 

Let’s see what the military, not commercially, based Government can do this time.

what makes you think the current government isn't commercially based?

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Well at least the dual track project seems to be going well.  At least on the southern line.

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The boys have just won the Lotterie here, I bet the Merc agent in Bangkok is rubbing his hands here 

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