Thailand’s Prajin gives nod to new Myanmar bridge

The Transport Ministry will allocate 3.9 billion baht to build a second Thai-Myanmar bridge across the Moei River and finance other infrastructure projects.

Transport Minister Prajin Juntong was speaking on Friday after a meeting on infrastructure and customs development with a special economic development policy committee.

He said the budget will cover the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge crossing the Moei River including a connecting road network in Tak.

The 3.9-billion-baht budget will be separated into two portions: 2.9 billion baht will come from the national budget and the government will also pay Myanmar’s costs of one billion baht.

The construction budget will pay for various sections: 1.6 billion baht for the building, 800 million baht for the bridge itself, one billion baht for customs and immigration outpost buildings on both sides of the bridge, and 300 million baht for the cost of land acquisition for the project.

ACM Prajin said he also instructed the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning to conduct a feasibility study which will be later forwarded for the cabinet’s approval.

After obtaining the green light from the cabinet, the concessionaire will be finalised by June and construction is expected to start in September.

Meanwhile, the transport minister said the government was in the process of renovating and expanding the Mae Sot airport project in Tak.

He said the airport expansion requires more land. A total of 303 rai of land will be needed at a cost of about 200 million baht. The total budget for the project will be 298 million baht.

As for the special economic zones around the country, ACM Prajin said he will ask relevant agencies to help improve roads serving the zones, and build more public utilities and facilities.

Source: Bangkok Post

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