The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is accelerating the construction of six double-track railways projects. The routes that will link regional provinces and neighbouring countries are on course but there could be delays on some routes, officials said while outlining the progress.
Phase 1 of the six double-track railway routes are being built at a cost of Bt111.149 billion, over a distance of 993 kilometres.
The Chachoengsao – Khlong Sib Kao – Kaeng Khoi route, with a Bt9.825-billion budget, for a distance of 97 kilometres, has two contracts with two companies. Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc, the first contactors, are currently in the process of compensation for land and expropriation of the remainder of the land. The SRT has given Sino-Thai Engineering an extension of the contract for another 224 days, from the construction period of 36 months.
Construction on the Chachoengsao – Khlong Sib Kao – Kaeng Khoi section, with a budget of Bt407 million for a distance of 9km, has been completed by Wright Tunneling Company.
The Chira-Khon Kaen section built by CKCH Joint Venture is 187km long. Construction of the route with a budget of Bt24.326 billion was completed in 36 months.
The Lopburi – Pak Nam Pho Section, Contract 1 (Ban Klap – Khok Krathim), with a budget of Bt10.05 billion, is currently under construction for 48 months. Work on the 32km route is 48.99 per cent complete, quicker than the planned 20 per cent. The second contract for Lop Buri – Pak Nam Pho (Tha Khae – Pak Nam Pho section) is currently under construction for 36 months. Work on the Bt8.649 billion, 116km route is 65.05 per cent complete, only 0.26 per cent behind schedule.
The Mab Kabao Section – Thanon Chira Road Junction route (Map Kabao – Khlong Khanan), has a budget of Bt7.560 billion. Work on the 58km route has been going on for 48 months, with 85.64 per cent completed, 2.24 per cent behind schedule. The second contract for constuction is currently in the process of the Environmental Impact Assessment report. The third contract — a 5km railway tunnel — to be built at a cost of Bt9.290 billion, is currently in the process of land expropriation and construction. Work has been ongoing for 42 months with 66 per cent completed, 11 per cent slower than planned.
The first contract of the Nakhon Pathom – Hua Hin route (Nakhon Pathom – Nong Pla Lai section), with a budget of Bt8.198 billion, has been under construction for 36 months. Some 83 per cent of the 93km route is complete, 2 per cent ahead of schedule.
The Hua Hin – Prachuap Khiri Khan route, estimated to cost Bt5.807 billion, will run a distance 84km. Construction has been on for 30 months, with 82 per cent work completed, but it is 13 per cent behind schedule.