State Railway of Thailand accused of negligence; Chun Wo and Unique Engineering fallout

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A company contracted to build the Bang Sue-Taling Chan elevated railway line on Tuesday filed a petition with the Department of Special Investigation asking it to probe the role of the State Railway of Thailand for allegedly preventing it from working.

Sooksan Nuntakul, a representative for Chun Wo Construction & Engineering, submitted a letter to DSI chief Tharit Pengdit accusing the SRT of refusing to investigate the company’s joint venture partner, Unique Engineering and Construction Plc, for allegedly violating their partnership agreement.

Chun Wo and Unique were awarded an 8.7 billion-baht contract by the SRT for the civil engineering work on the 15-km mass transit line under the name “Unique-Chun Wo Joint Venture” in 2008.

The company was supposed to take charge of the project’s railway systems engineering.

However, after the joint venture signed a contract with the SRT, Unique gave authority to A.S. Associated Engineering (1964) Co to do the work instead.

Chun Wo lodged complaints with Supoj Saplom, the then-permanent secretary for transport, several times but received no response.

It said the SRT refrained from performing its official duty by letting a third party outside the contract oversee the project and that it may cause loss and damage.

The DSI will look into the company’s complaint, Mr Tharit said.


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