A Thailand-billion rail project E10,4 starts in September

BANGKOK, Jan. 18 (Reuters) – Thailand will start a project 400 billion baht (10.4 billion) construction of railway lines in September, announced Thursday the Deputy Prime Minister.

This vast project is the latest initiative of the military government to revive the economy and modernize its railway network.

Bangkok has an agreement with Beijing to build 873 km of tracks from Nong Khai, on the border with Laos, ports and industrial areas of the country. Another line will connect Bangkok to Saraburi province, in central Somalia.

“We think it will cost 400 billion baht and it will be over two or three years after the start of work,” said the Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Prajin Junthong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transportation.

Work will start on 1 September.

Prajin Junthong said to the press that from 12 to 15 private companies were interested in funding this project. (Pracha Hariraksapitak; Juliette Rouillon for the French service, edited by Patrick Vignal)

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