Sino-Thai rail line back on track Ayutthaya train station height cut

The Thai-Sino high-speed rail project from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima is tipped to go ahead as planned now that the design for one of its stations has been changed.

Related ministries have agreed to reduce the height of an elevated track at a train station in Ayutthaya from 19 to 17 metres to avoid any impact on the province’s nearby historical park that is a Unesco World Heritage site.

The decision was made at an online meeting chaired by Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.

Also present were Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome, and representatives of local residents.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Saksayam said that the meeting was a follow-up on the previous one on June 10 to find ways to address problems related to the construction of the train station.

The meeting agreed that the high-speed train project has followed all of the necessary related laws and regulations, he said.

In order to allay concerns over any impact of the construction on the historic sites, the meeting decided that the rail bridge at the station will be reduced, the minister said.

He added that the opinions from the other two ministries will be also presented to the cabinet to come up with guidelines for the construction of the train project.

Local administration organisations will also be asked to issue regulations to ensure buildings around the station will not be higher than legal limits, Mr Saksayam said.

He added that Thailand will also send a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) report on the matter to the Unesco World Heritage Centre in Paris.

The Thai-Sino high-speed train project covers 253 kilometres from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima in the Northeast.

The Thai government has paid more than 179 billion baht for the construction project which is divided into 14 contracts whereas the Chinese government is responsible for overseeing design and construction work, supplying the railway signalling systems and train carriages, and training personnel.

Construction of the 13.3-kilometre Ban Pho-Phra Kaeo section hit a snag as the Unesco World Heritage Centre raised concern that the design for the elevated rail track at the Ayutthaya station, might have an impact on the landscape of the historic sites.

This is despite the planned train station being about two kilometres away from the province’s World Heritage-listed historic sites.

On May 24, the National Committee on the World Heritage Convention agreed that a tunnel should be built for the train to pass underground the historic sites or the construction site should be relocated.

The committee also ordered the State of Railway of Thailand to conduct an HIA report.

According to the original design layout, the multi-storey train station will serve long-haul trains, with the high-speed train operating on the top storey.

Previously, the Transport Ministry came up with some alternatives to the planned train station, the sources said.

One involved building a station and a 5-kilometre underground tunnel for trains to pass under the historic sites which would cost about 15.3 billion baht and take about five years.

Another option involved relocating the train station to a new construction site 30 metres away from the historic sites.

This would cost about 26 billion baht for construction, with more than 3,700 rai of land to be expropriated.

It would take about seven years, the sources said.

Another option was that the train station would remain at the original location, but the area must be subject to new city planning to keep commercial development around the area in check.

This would cost about 80 million baht and take about one year, the sources said.

However, all these alternative plans would entail additional costs to conduct environmental impact assessment, which would delay the construction further, the sources said, adding that this would affect the installation of the rail signalling systems by the Chinese government.

The National Committee on the World Heritage Convention last December ordered the State Railway of Thailand to ease the impact of the project on the historical sites in Ayutthaya.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Longest losing streak on record for retail sales as consumer confidence slumps to lockdown level

Retail sales volumes took a surprise dip last month to achieve their longest losing streak on record, according to official figures released as a measure of consumer confidence showed a ... Read more »

Biocon consolidated net profit dips 18% to Rs 138 crore in Q2

Biotechnology major Biocon on Friday said its consolidated net profit declined by 18 per cent to Rs 138 crore for the second quarter ended September 30. The Bengaluru-based company had ... Read more »

FIIs consistently increase their holding in these 5 stocks, surge over 150% in 2021 so far

In 2021 so far, the foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have invested a net of around Rs 66,024 crore in the Indian equities. They were net buyers in 8 out of 10 months ... Read more »

25% of mid-career professionals in digital skills programme secure jobs before completing it

SINGAPORE – A six-month programme to help mid-career professionals with no digital-related background to take up business technology roles has seen an average of one in four participants securing jobs ... Read more »

Renault says chip shortage will lower production more than forecast

French carmaker Renault said on Friday its production losses in 2021 because of a global semiconductor chip shortage would be far larger than previously forecast, but maintained its profit outlook ... Read more »

How to usher payment revolution for millions without a smartphone

The heart of India doesn’t beat to the tunes of a glitzy edgy smartphone. Away from the world of an instant dopamine hit, Instagram hashtags and Snapchat filters, the true ... Read more »

Enkei Wheels Standalone September 2021 Net Sales at Rs 119.23 crore, up 57.24% Y-o-Y

Reported Standalone quarterly numbers for Enkei Wheels (India) are: Net Sales at Rs 119.23 crore in September 2021 up 57.24% from Rs. 75.83 crore in September 2020. Quarterly Net Profit ... Read more »

21st Cen Mgt Consolidated September 2021 Net Sales at Rs 192.55 crore, up 300960% Y-o-Y

Reported Consolidated quarterly numbers for 21st Century Management are: Net Sales at Rs 192.55 crore in September 2021 up 300960% from Rs. 0.06 crore in September 2020. Quarterly Net Profit ... Read more »

21st Cen Mgt Standalone September 2021 Net Sales at Rs 0.66 crore, up 55% Y-o-Y

Reported Standalone quarterly numbers for 21st Century Management are: Net Sales at Rs 0.66 crore in September 2021 up 55% from Rs. 1.48 crore in September 2020. Quarterly Net Loss ... Read more »

Rajneesh Karnatak takes over as Union Bank of India Executive Director

Next on the list of lenders offering lowest interest rate on education loans is, expectedly, another public sector giant. Union Bank’s interest rates start at 6.8 percent, with the EMI ... Read more »

New Zealand Rural Land Company buys six South Island dairy farms for $61.4 million

NZX-listed New Zealand Rural Land Company has bought six dairy farms in Maniototo for $61.4 million. NZRL announced to the market this afternoon that it had entered into a unconditional ... Read more »

Maharashtra reopening: Imagicaa, one of India's biggest theme parks, expects to reach pre-COVID-19 levels by FY23

After a long hiatus, theme parks in Maharashtra will reopen after the state government allowed amusement parks to restart operations from October 22. One of India’s biggest theme parks, Imagicaa, ... Read more »

Five infrastructure mutual funds that delivered 97-118% returns in the last one year

In the massive market rally from March 2020, infrastructure stocks have been major beneficiaries and participants. Naturally, mutual funds that invest exclusively in such stocks have delivered spectacular returns. The ... Read more »

Tesla warns drivers flagged for "improper usage" of dropping full self-driving feature, Elon Musk confirms

File image: Elon Musk Billionaire Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla will send just one warning to drivers who do not use its advanced driver assist system responsibly before removing ... Read more »

Kazakhstan to hold two world-class conferences to promote multinational peace and collaboration

As the land of peace and solidarity, Kazakhstan is representing members of the global community by holding two of the world’s most distinguished conferences. Eyeing to promote multinational peace and ... Read more »

Coming full circle Bangkok's eco-friendly shopping spots

Bangkok has finally sprung back to life! People are venturing outside, Asoke and Siam are once again centres of headache-inducing traffic jams and dining-out is an option again. But we ... Read more »

Nifty may move in 18,450-18,000 range over short term until cycle turns upside

Representative Image Ashish Kyal, Founder & CEO at Waves Strategy Advisors Nifty tops can be captured by understanding a simple cyclical behaviour and time concept. So far, we have focused ... Read more »

Why mutual funds are making a dash for electric vehicles with new scheme launches

Newer theme-based mutual funds (MFs) have been hitting the stands in recent times. Electric vehicles seem to be the flavor the season, as more Indian auto-makers launch electric vehicles (EV). ... Read more »

LINE brings fashion alive! Dreams of 14 Thai fashion brands come true in LINE FASHION ANNUALE

Take part in the momentous debut of 14 Thai fashion brands in the LINE FASHION ANNUALE Campaign, a ground breaking project by LINE Thailand which gives an opportunity for SME ... Read more »

Ch-ch-changes Is the iPhone 13 a worthy upgrade?

Apple's iPhone 13 line-up was announced last September and was met with eager anticipation from fans and scepticism from its detractors. The tech giant was smooth as usual in its ... Read more »

Dow Thailand announces a 100% acrylic polymer for waterborne pavement markings that offers improved safety, durability, and ease of use

Dow Thailand Group (Dow), has unveiled in Thailand an innovative, non-flammable, non-hazardous water-based traffic paint technology. FASTRACK™ Technology offers affordable, water-based, quick-drying, durable coatings that improve driver safety, especially at ... Read more »

Denied first, paid later: How an insurer made a motorbike's engine capacity the moot point in an accident claim settlement

Consider this: you use your bike to commute regularly and buy a personal accident policy to protect your family’s financial future in case of your death while riding the two-wheeler. ... Read more »

New heights Experience cuisine from the French Alps at Maison Dunand's pop-up

Perhaps the most anticipated restaurant of 2022 is Maison Dunand by chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier, former chef de cuisine at the Michelin-starred Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Chef ... Read more »

PRCA announces roadmap for Thailand, supporting rise of PR industry influence in business and society

BANGKOK, October 21, 2021 – The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) Asia Pacific today has announced its roadmap for a new chapter of the organization in Thailand. The road ... Read more »

China Evergrande makes payment before deadline, official media says

Troubled property giant China Evergrande made an interest payment to foreign bondholders one day before a deadline that threatened to put the company into default, an official newspaper reported Friday. ... Read more »

ITI Pharma & Healthcare fund NFO review: Should you invest in it?

ITI Pharma and Healthcare Fund (IPHF) is the latest new scheme to be rolled out. This is the sixth mutual fund (MF) focused on the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector to ... Read more »

11 illegal job seekers, Thai guides caught

Illegal Myanmar migrants found hiding in forest in Muang district, Kanchanaburi province, on Thursday. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen) KANCHANABURI: Eleven Myanmar job seekers were caught entering the country illegally, and two ... Read more »

Gold Prices Today: Yellow metal likely to remain volatile amid rising festival demand

Gold inched higher in the morning trade in the Indian market and was poised for a second weekly gain on October 22, as a softer dollar provided some respite against ... Read more »

Savers given chance to put their money towards government green projects - but experts say returns are 'paltry'

A green government bond will fund plans such as zero-emission buses but its 0.65% annual rate of return falls well short of savings deals available elsewhere and will look even flimsier if interest rates go up. Read more »

Evergrande financial crisis | Struggling Chinese developer makes bond payment: Report

Image: Reuters Evergrande, the troubled Chinese developer whose struggle to avoid a multibillion-dollar debt default has rattled global financial markets wired $83.5 million on October 22 to make an overdue ... Read more »

Median price of 5-room HDB resale flats in Queenstown now $926,000 in record year for market

Resale prices rose 2.9 per cent in July-September from the previous three months. SINGAPORE – HDB resale prices hit a record-high in the third quarter and saw the fastest nine-month ... Read more »

Who should pay the world's climate debt?

New research suggests that developed countries should pay almost double the amount proposed under the Paris Agreement to offset their historical emissions. Read more »

Asian Paints after Q2 earnings: Should you buy, sell, or hold the share?

Despite an impressive growth in revenue, a sharp fall in profits because of higher raw material costs, has kept investors worried about their holdings in Asian Paints. Asian Paints on October 21 ... Read more »

Nissan ex-chair Carlos Ghosn set on restoring reputation

Carlos Ghosn, the former auto industry superstar whose career screeched to a halt with his arrest three years ago, isn’t about to settle into quiet retirement. The former head of ... Read more »

RIL Q2 Preview: Double-digit growth likely in earnings parameters, driven by retail, digital segments

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries is expected to clock double-digit growth in key earnings parameters for the September quarter on a year-on-year basis, driven by the retail and digital segments. ... Read more »

Curfew to end in 17 tourist provinces Prelude to reopening to vaccinated foreigners on Nov 1

The road outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok has been almost empty of traffic at night since curfew was announced, to control the spread of Covid-19. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya) The ... Read more »

Government to consider PME task force recommendations for workplace fairness

The remarks were made in response to nine proposals put out by a PME task force led by NTUC and SNEF. SINGAPORE – Proposals from the labour movement and employer’s ... Read more »

Buy USDINR; target of : 75.15 : ICICI Direct

ICICI Direct’s currency report on USDINR US dollar rose by 0.24% yesterday amid upbeat economic data from US and surge in US treasury yields. US unemployment claims fell to a ... Read more »

Top cryptocurrency news on October 22: Major developments in Bitcoin, cryptos and regulations

Cryptocurrency (Representative image) [content][quote]Market Buzz[/quote][title]Bitcoin trading above Rs 48 lakh[/title][circularimage][/circularimage][body]Cryptocurrencies traded mostly in the red so far on October 22. The global crypto market cap stood at $2.58 trillion, 1.51 percent down over the last day. ... Read more »

Asia tech shares jump, China property stocks rally as Evergrande makes payment

Cyclical stocks dragged amid worries that central bankers will need to tighten monetary policy into slowing growth. TOKYO (REUTERS) – Tech stocks climbed in Asia on Friday (Oct 22) following ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic