Expropriation of 850 rai in Bangkok, 3 provinces

Federal government representative Buddhipongse Punnakanta safeguarded the cabinet decree that will enable authorities to take 850 rai of land in eastern Bangkok and 3 provinces for the three-airport train link.

The cabinet on Wednesday authorized a royal decree to expropriate 850 rai of land in 20 tambons (subdistricts) in 3 provinces and one district in Bangkok for building of the 220-km high-speed train connecting Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-tapao airports.

According to federal government representative Buddhipongse Punnakanta, research studies by experts employed by the State Train of Thailand (SRT) have actually proposed that the federal government requires to expropriate land for the high-speed rail advancement in Lat Krabang district of Bangkok and 20 tambons in Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Rayong, consisting of an integrated 850 rai and 245 structures.

Associated firms such as the Financing, Interior and Transportation ministries were appointed to perform information of the land expropriation, along with price quote expropriation expenses.

The high-speed train connecting the 3 significant airports is among the most crucial facilities tasks to serve the federal government’s much-touted Eastern Economic Passage (EEC) plan.

The EEC covers the 3 eastern provinces of Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Rayong.

The job won the cabinet’s approval on March 27, 2018 under the public-private collaboration program with a 50-year concession under which the federal government will buy land expropriation while the economic sector purchases civil works, trains and the signalling system.

The train includes extending Bangkok’s present Airport Rail Link (ARL), which goes to Suvarnabhumi in Samut Prakan, to link to Don Mueang in Bangkok and U-tapao in Rayong. The whole path will be roughly 220km long and reach an optimum speed of 250kph.

The path consists of 9 high-speed stations: Don Mueang, Bang Sue, Makkasan, Suvarnabhumi, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Sri Racha, Pattaya and U-tapao.

It will take roughly 45 minutes to carry travelers from Bangkok to U-tapao, with a fare of 330 baht.

Real expropriation will be total by the end of next year, with building taking 5 years.

The federal government revealed on May 24 the information of the regards to recommendation for the 224.54-billion-baht job to connect the 3 airports. The winning bidder is anticipated to be revealed quickly.

In associated news, the cabinet likewise authorized in concept assigning 19.09 billion baht to update R&D in the EEC.

The program consists of a model biorefinery in the Eastern Economic Passage of Development (EECI) worth a combined 3.41 billion baht, the Synchrotron radiation center valued at 9.22 billion baht and R&D costs on food, biotechnology, digital, logistics and energy worth 6.46 billion baht.

The very first 2 tasks will range from 2020 to 2026, while the last costs plan will be carried out throughout 2020-24.

The cabinet likewise authorized the state-owned Export-Import Bank of Thailand’s strategy to provide insurance protection versus political danger for Thai abroad financial investment, and in concept 3 tasks worth 16 billion baht for water management in Chaiyaphum, Ayutthaya and Phitsanulok.

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