PM wants elevated rail tracks to go through Korat’s township

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has suggested an adjustment of the dual-track Jira-Khon Kaen train project which goes through Nakhon Ratchasima township during his meeting with the province's private sector and people's representatives on Monday (Aug 21).

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit told the media that the prime minister had suggested that the original design of the 4-km rail track which goes through the township with fences to be built on both sides of the dual rail tracks for safety reason should be changed with the 4-km trail track elevated.

The private sector and people in this northeastern province have voiced their opposition to the planned building of the 4-km fences along the rail tracks, saying that they will divide the town into two parts.

The change of the design to elevated tracks will do away with the fences but it will increase the project cost by 2.2-2.6 billion baht and this will be discussed at the mobile cabinet meeting on Tuesday (Aug 22), said Mr Arkhom, adding that the change will also delay the project by at least two months.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)