By The Nation
The long-delayed joint China-Thailand project is estimated to cost about Bt180 billion.
Akhom said on Tuesday that if the Cabinet gave its approval, bidding for construction of the first and second sections – for a combined length of about 15 kilometres – could be held in the middle of this year, with construction commencing in August.
The minister acknowledged, however, that environmental impact assessments (EIAs) had not yet been completed for the total route length of 253km.
The EIA hurdle has only been cleared in respect of the Bangkok-Baan Pha Chee section, he added.