Korat set to be Northeast’s metropolis

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BANGKOK, 7 June 2013 The Ministry of Transport will use a portion of the 2-trillion-baht budget of the government’s infrastructure mega project to develop Nakhon Ratchasima province or Korat as a metropolis of transportation for the northeastern region. 

Deputy Transport Minister Prasert Chanthararuangthong said on Friday that the ministry eyed transportation development for Nakhon Ratchasima since the province had the potential to be the gateway to the Northeast. Many forms of transportation, including high-speed railway, double-track railway and motorway, would be connected there. Such development would help boost the province’s economic growth quickly, the deputy minister believed.

The ministry will also help improve the province’s traffic by implementing the “Korat Rapid Transit” (KRT) project under a budget of around 4 billion baht. The project is expected to start at the end of this year.