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Dual-Track Railway Project in the North Wins Cabinet Approval

3 August 2018 (Readers 753)


The Cabinet, during its meeting on 31 July 2018, approved a dual-track railway project on the Den Chai Chiang Rai Chiang Khong route in northern Thailand.


The State Railway of Thailand was assigned to carry out this project, with a budget of 85,345 million baht and a construction period of seven years. An electronic bidding system will be used for the project.


The Government will be responsible for the construction cost. The Cabinet told the Bureau of the Budget to allocate a fund for this project on a yearly basis. The Ministry of Finance was also asked to seek loans in the country to finance the project, as appropriate.


The dual-track railway project on the Den Chai Chiang Rai Chiang Khong route was proposed by the Ministry of Transport. It aims to expand the railway network in the Upper North and connect with Lao PDR, Myanmar, and southern China. Construction is expected to begin in 2019.


The project will help increase the potential of Thailand for transport, trade, and tourism domestically and internationally. It is also in line with the National Strategy, which sets directions for the development of Thailand in the next 20 years.


The dual-track railway project covers a total length of 323 kilometers. It starts at the Den Chai station in Phrae province and moves toward the North, passing through Lampang, Phayao, and Chiang Rai. The project ends at the Chiang Khong border checkpoint in Chiang Rai.


The Government has placed a priority on transport infrastructure development in order to enhance Thailands competitiveness and save energy, as well as promoting environmentally friendly development. Another objective is to encourage more people to turn to public transport services.

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