Work on the construction of the royal crematorium is progressing steadily with the main pillar scheduled to be erected in March.
This was disclosed by Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragon after he visited the Fine Arts Department to check on progress being made on the royal crematorium.
He also checked on the work that is being done to refurbish the royal chariots that will be used to bear the body of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the royal funeral ceremony.
Gen Tanasak said all the work was progressing according to schedule.
He said everybody involved is totally dedicated to the task at hand, adding that he expects all the preparations to be completed on time if not earlier than schedule.
However he said that the highest priority will be placed on being meticulous, exercising the greatest care and dedication to all the details on the crematorium.
Plans to hold a religious ceremony to bless the construction of the royal crematorium will be held at the end of February with the Prime Minister in attendance as the guest of honor.
This will be followed by the ceremony to raise the main pillar of the crematorium in March.
The greatest priority has been placed in the preparations for the funeral of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as this was a very important task which everyone involved is proud to undertake, he added.