BANGKOK, 12 March 2015 — In a bid to help keep the cost of living down for Thais, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has instructed the Ministry of Interior to urge the BTS train operator to delay raising its fares.
Deputy Spokesperson to the Prime Minister’s Office, Major General Sansern Keawkamnerd, said the move to increase the fares by Bangkok Mass Transit System Company Limited, the operator of BTS sky train, is in line with the contract it signed with the office of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in 1999.
According to him, the Prime Minister is worried that the new rates will drive up commuters’ cost of living. The Ministry of Interior will try to negotiate with the BTS operator, asking it to delay raising the fares. However, if it does not succeed, the fare will be raised by only two baht