Electric trains may seek PPP

Electric trains may seek PPP

The Purple Line’s southern section and the Orange Line are expected to seek Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Committee approval next year, says the head of the State Enterprise Policy Office’s (Sepo).

The panel, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, yesterday acknowledged the progress of eight fast-track projects under the PPP scheme, including the Purple and Orange line electric trains, said Ekniti Nitithanprapas, director-general of Sepo.

He expects the private sector will be invited next year to bid on the Purple Line, linking Kanchanaphisek Outer Ring Road and Tao Poon, and the Orange Line, linking Bang Khun Non and Min Buri.

An electric rail route connecting Phuket airport and Chalong Circle and another project in Chiang Mai are expected to go before the committee next year.

The remaining fast-track projects include a motorway from Bang Pa-in to Nakhon Ratchasima and another from Bang Yai to Kanchanaburi. They are expected to seal the contracts by next year, Mr Ekniti said.

The rest area for the two motorways and the motorway connecting Nakhon Pathom to Phetchaburi’s Cha-am should be ready to be submitted for the committee’s approval in 2018.

The committee also assigned Sepo to coordinate with the Transport Ministry on electric rails in Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima to support local economic development under the PPP fast-track scheme.

Mr Ekniti said the committee yesterday also acknowledged a 11-billion-baht commercial development plan of the State of Railway of Thailand (SRT) central rail station at Bang Sue.

“However, the committee advised that the SRT should consider the development of Zone A as a part of the whole master plan for the development of the area and submit it to the committee again as soon as possible,” he said.

Zone A, which cover 32 rai, is among four plots at the station set to be developed for commercial purposes under the PPP model.

SRT proposed area to be entirely developed by the private sector under the Build, Operate and Transfer approach with operation period of 30 years and construction period of four years.

The rest three plots include Zone B covering 78 rai, Zone C covering 105 rai and Zone D covering 87.5 rai.

Mr Ekniti said the committee yesterday also approved the border freight station in Nakhon Phanom worth 1.2 billion baht, proposed by the Department of Land Transport in accordance with the government’s policy to develop infrastructure and logistics in border economic zones.