Construction of ten more routes in Thailand’s Northeast with a budget of Bt18.6 billion was endorsed by the Public-Private Partnership Committee meeting in this northeastern province today.
Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Kittiratt Na Ranong said the committee agreed on the new infrastructure, affirming that the big-budget routes will be put in the government’s Bt2 trillion loan package.
The new roads include two parts of Highway 304 Kabin Buri-Pak Thong Chai (with completed environmental impact studies), a ring road around Nakhon Ratchasima’s provincial seat at a budget of Bt4.6 billion, Highway 205 Non Thai-Nong Bua Kok, and expanding four-lane Highway 201 Sikhio-Nong Bua Kok.
A double-track railway linking Nakhon Ratchasima-Surin-Buri Ram-Si Sa Ket-Ubon Ratchathani is expected to be complete by 2019, Mr Kittiratt added.
Expansion of Ubon Ratchathani airport is also planned (passenger terminal, aircraft parking), with a budget of Bt360 million to support 4 millton passengers/year to be renovated in 2014-2016.