By THE NATION
The MRTA board meeting on Friday (June 26) gave the go-ahead to invite bids from private contractors from July 3-9. The documents will be sold from July 10-24 at Exhibition Room 1, MRTA Building 1, 9am to 3pm.
Interested contractors must submit their proposal within September, while the MRTA expects the contract signing for this public-private partnership project to be completed within December.
The Orange Line extension will stretch from Bang Khun Non to Minburi (Suwintawong) for a total distance of 35.9 kilometres. It consists of two parts: the eastern part starts from Thailand Cultural Centre and ends at Minburi, with a distance of 22.5km and 17 stations (10 underground and 7 aboveground), and the western part starts from Bang Khun Non and ends at Thailand Cultural Centre, with a distance of 13.4km and 11 underground stations.