National Council for Peace and Order Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said Friday that he supports the double-track railway project while indicating his opposition to the high-speed train project.
He said the construction of a double-track railway would facilitate both goods and passengers transportation.
But he added he did not believe that any firm or country would build a high-speed train project in Thialand for free.
“It’s been said that the electric [high-speed] train lines would be built for free. I would like to ask if there is anything free in this world,” said Prayuth during a budget meeting that was broadcast live.
“You should ask yourselves whether you can accept a 50-year concession that would see more than 100,000 workers being brought to the country and the constructor insisting on land along the route for development.”