By The Nation
Projects aimed to make the province a logistics hub are included in the Nakhon Chai Burin, a strategic plan for the four provinces in the lower Northeast, including Chaiyaphum, Burirum and Surin, according to Nakhon Ratchasima provincial governor Wichian Chantharanothai.
The projects including an inland container depot to facilitate a rail transportation system in the region, he said. The provincial authority has prepared 200 rai (32 hectares) of land for the project, he said.
Nathon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, is the geographical gateway to the Northeast region. The government has already planned to build high-speed rail and dual rail to facilitate increased train transport connecting the province with the capital, the rest of the northeastern region and neighbouring Laos.
As host of a major transportation facility, Nakhon Ratchasima could become a convention and events city, he said. High-speed trains could reduce travel time from Bangkok to under 2 hours, rather than the current 4 hours.
Another plan, with an estimated budget of Bt80 million, would restore an archaeological site in Chalermprakiart district in preparation for proposing it as a world heritage site. That proposal is also waiting for the mobile Cabinet’s approval, Wichian said.
Prayut’s mobile Cabinet trips have been criticised as a political move to mobilise support throughout Thailand’s regions for the General to stay on as the premier after the next election.
Local politicians in Surin and Burirum are also expected to propose development projects for the Cabinet’s approval.