By THE NATION
The Cabinet on Wednesday (November 6) approved Bt3.6 billion in funding to help the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) speed up the moving of power lines underground in areas along MRT lines, according to deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul.
“The project areas total 215.6 kilometres and the MEA has finished just 46.6 km, leaving another169 km to complete,” said the spokeswoman. “The Cabinet has therefore agreed to move the project to the Quick-Win plan and allocated Bt3.673 billion to speed up certain parts of the operation and complete them within 3-4 years.”
The parts of the work assigned to Quick-Win plan total 20.5 km. and cover three areas: MRT purple line on Rattanathibet Road, MRT purple line on Bangkok-Nonthaburi and Tiwanont roads, and MRT green line on Sukhumvit Road.
“Bt2.5 billion will come from domestic loans, and the remaining Bt1.173 billion from MEA’s revenue,” she added.
The spokeswoman explained that the MEA is making slow progress because it has to wait for other agencies to remove their infrastructures that are obstructing the work.