BANGKOK, 19 July 2014 – The Ministry of Transport on Friday urged state enterprises under its oversight to work more quickly and transparently, and to be able to explain the actions that it take to the public.
Ms. Soithip Traisut, the permanent secretary to the Ministry of Transport, called a meeting of executives from state enterprises under the ministry’s jurisdiction on Friday. At the meeting, attention was drawn to Thai Airways and the State Railway of Thailand; the former was told to prepare to explain the 10 billion baht of accumulated losses and the latter to explain the roughly 100 billion baht in losses incurred until the present day.
The State Railway of Thailand was told to carry out an organization-wide reform, and to review the proposed purchasing of new locomotives and train cars. It would also review its dual-track rail project and ensure that the Airport Link was ready for the major repair scheduled towards the end of the year.
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority was told to re-evaluate whether its project to purchase 3,000 NGV buses would be adequate for replacing old buses, and to also seek methods of purchase that would create the least burden on the state’s coffers.
Thai Airways, the Airports of Thailand and the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand were asked to draft a master plan for the improvement of air travel and air freight.