Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s mobile Cabinet meeting in Nakon Ratchasima yesterday approved a Bt2.6 billion plan to elevate an inner-city section of the Map Krabao-Jira double track rail project to avoid inconvenience to city residents and commuters.
The project is one of several double track schemes being implemented by the State Railway of Thailand to improve rail transport between Bangkok and major provincial cities, especially those in the Northeast.
A public hearing will be held within the next six months for the approved elevated section, which will start from Phukao Lad to Mitraparb Bridge and Korat railway station. Construction of the project is expected to be complete within 18 months.
The Prayut government has also been pushing ahead the separate Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project that will link Bangkok with the Northeastern province.