BANGKOK, 2 July 2012 – The Transport Ministry is set to propose the Red Line electric railway project to the cabinet for approval on July 3, after the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has agreed on a reasonable price quoted for the construction project by the contractors.
Contractors for the project comprising Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Plc and Unique Engineering and Construction Plc had initially bid 3.1 billion baht for the construction of Bang Sue station and maintenance centers. Following negotiations, the consortium lowered the price to 2.9 billion baht, which was given a nod by the SRT.
Meanwhile, the design of the construction of the Green Line electric railway section from Mo Chit to Saphan Mai is now undergoing minor changes, at the cost of 8 million baht, after the National Environment Board rejected the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the building of a station at Bangkhen Roundabout. According to the Ministry, the construction will soon begin pending the NEA approval.
A total budget of over 69 billion baht will be earmarked for the building of the 26km section of the Red Line electric railway, while 36 billion baht will be spent on the 12km section of the Green Line.