NGV bus scheme postponed, Red line train gets more funding


(08/01/13) The cabinet today assigned the Ministry of Transport to revise the 13-billion baht procurement of more than 3,100 natural gas fuelled vehicles for bus services of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA).

Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt (ชัชชาติ สิทธิพันธุ์) said the order came as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wants the buses to also accommodate disabled passengers.

Mr Chatchart said the BMTA estimated the expenses of the disability access equipment at 50 to 100-thousand baht per unit. The revision of the procurement plan will be tabled during the cabinet meeting next week.

The minister said that once the cabinet has approved the new budget, the first NGV bus deliveries will be received by the end of this year. He believed that five million people will use BMTA public transports per day, up from 3.6-million.

In addition, the cabinet today approved an increase in state funds for the construction of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT)’s red line train from 1.9 trillion baht to 2.1 trillion baht.

SRT Governor Prapat Jongsanguan (ประภัสร์ จงสงวน) said the money will be used for the construction of new stations and railway systems between Bang Sue (บางซื่อ) and Rangsit (รังสิต). The project was due to start originally in 2008 but it was delayed as a result of a sharp rise in construction material costs.


source : posttoday




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