The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) on Sunday approved the planned construction of the Orange Line electric train on the eastern section of Bangkok between Thailand Cultural Centre and Min Buri.
MRTA chairwoman Ratchanee Treepipatkul said the board would soon ask the cabinet to approve a budget of 85.4 billion baht for the construction of the 20-km route.
The money would be spent on construction and consultation costs only, and not include expenses related to land acquisition, Ms Ratchanee said.
The railway line will start at the Thailand Cultural Centre on Thiam Ruam Mit Road and run along part of Rama IX Road to Ramkhamhaeng Road and Suwintawong Road in Min Buri district.
The route is a section of the planned 37.5km-long East to West Orange Line from Taling Chan to Min Buri which will have 29 stations, 22 underground. It will link eight different lines and will open in 2019.