The State Railways of Thailand (SRT) is expected in the next few weeks to table before the Cabinet a plan to build the Denchai-Chiang Rai-Chiang Kong double-track rail line worth Bt76 billion, according to SRT acting director Worawut Mala.
The 323-kilometre route has been approved by the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) and would serve both tourism and goods transport in the North.
The SRT aims to call bids for the construction of the route within this year.
The SRT said it would also soon propose other double-track projects for NESDB approval, with the aim of calling bids within this year. Most of them extend the existing routes, such as the Pak Nam Po-Denchai route with an estimated price tag of Bt56 billion, Jira-Ubon Ratchathani at Bt35.839 billion and Chumphon-Surat Thani at Bt23.384 billion. It will also propose to the NESDB the Red Line Rangsit-Thammasat route at Bt7.596 billion.