Infrastructure improvement: US$1.82 billion railway accredited, boosting tourism in South Thailand

Recently, the National Environment Board (NEB) approved Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for two important Thai infrastructure projects: the Mae Kam reservoir in Chiang Rai and a dual-track railway in the South. The assembly presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, was also attended by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-Archa.
According to a source, the board gave the green light to the EIA reviews for each Thai infrastructure initiatives, stating that the construction of the Mae Kam reservoir would alleviate droughts and floods, while the dual-track railway would enhance freight transport and help southern tourism. Luxurious will be introduced before the cupboard, with contractors required to adhere to the conditions stipulated within the EIA reviews.
The proposed Thai infrastructure dual-track railway spans 321 kilometres and will move via four southern provinces—Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, and Songkhla—with a total of sixty five stations. The estimated construction price is US$1.82 billion, together with expenditure for land expropriation (US$4 million), consultancy and management (US$35 million), and development (US$1.seventy eight billion).
The Surat Thani-Songkhla railway is anticipated to provide cost-effective, safe, and handy transportation to the region. The number of passengers is predicted to achieve 7.7 million in the first year of service, 10.4 million in the following decade, and sixteen.1 million in twenty years, reported Bangkok Post.
However, some reviews state that a 29-kilometre stretch between Hat Yai district and Muang district in Songkhla has been occupied by approximately 6,000 families, posing potential challenges for the railway venture implementation..

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