THAILAND's Office of Transport and Transport Policy and Planning (OTP) says that the construction plan for the 34.5km Pink Line monorail in Bangkok is currently awaiting approval from the government ahead of a bidding process which it hopes will commence by the end of the year.
Bangkok is pushing ahead with several projects to improve its rapid transit infrastructure. But with past schemes suffering from delays due to political wrangling, and as another political crisis grips Thailand, Kevin Smith assesses the current state of play for these undertakings.
New railway projects in Thailand have long been hampered by a lack of finance and government bureaucracy. But with a new $US 68.5bn transport infrastructure financing package secured in November, Dr Chula Sukmanop, director of Thailand's Office of Transport Policy and Planning, tells Kevin Smith how this agreement has bred new life into the country's investment plans.