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.”
The Pheu Thai government, which proposed a high-speed train project, claimed that China would build it for Thailand free of charge.