Purple, Orange lines bidding expected in Q1
THE Transport Ministry plans to open bidding for the construction of the Purple Line’s extension from Tao-Poon to Ratchburana, as well as the Orange Line from Thailand Cultural Centre to Taling Chan, worth a total of Bt224.11 billion in the first quarter of next year.
The Transport Ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen said yesterday that the Bt101.11-billion Purple Line extension project, is being assessed for either private-sector bidding or as a public - private partnership, while the Orange Line project, worth Bt123 billion, will likely be a public-private partnership.
Both projects will be finalised and submitted to the transport minister in December year, he said. “We believed bidding for both projects will start in the first quarter of next year,” he said.
He added that the minister was also planning to invest Bt1.23 billion in the construction of a shipping centre and warehouse at Nakorn Panom province in the first quarter of next year.
Meanwhile, all investments in infrastructure projects in Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) will be forwarded to the EEC’s board before the end of the year, including the rail system to link the EEC to three international airports worth Bt261 billion, Lam Chabang Port phase 3 worth Bt35 billion, and the maintenance/repair overhaul centre at U-Tapao Ariport worth Bt11 billion, he said.
He also said the results of a study on the high-speed train project from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, worth Bt400 billion, being done by a Japanese government agency, will be submitted to the Transport Ministry on November 16. The ministry will then pass on the information to the public.