PM opens Chao Phraya electric ferry route
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday presided over the opening ceremony of the “Mine (Mission no emission) Smart Ferry” project, which features an electric ferry route in the Chao Phraya River and Thailand’s first smart pier at CAT Tower Pier in Bangkok’s Bangrak district, government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said.
Prayut was accompanied by other Cabinet members, including Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda, Transport Minister Saksyam Chidchob and Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta.
“During his speech, the PM said this project is part of the government’s 20-year plan to build transport infrastructure nationwide and promote the use of electric vehicles, which will help reduce air pollution, especially the PM2.5 problem, in metropolitan areas,” Aucha said.
“The prime minister is also concerned about people’s health in this present Covid-19 situation and has urged everyone to wear face masks and take care of their health,” he said.
The premier and other ministers then boarded an electric ferry from CAT Tower Pier to Memorial Bridge Pier to witness the demonstration of the smart pier system.
“The Rama V-to-Sathorn electric ferry route will be open to the public free of charge from December 23 to February 14,” Anucha added.