The Cabinet on Tuesday instructed the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) to hurry to call bids quickly for five double-track railway projects and complete the tendering process within three months, Deputy Transport Minister Pichit Akrathit said yesterday.
The SRT has started dividing the five routes into 13 contracts from the previous five contracts, in line with the order of a government-sponsored panel tasked with supervising the procurement processes of all state agencies. The Lop Buri-Pak Nampo route worth Bt23 billion was split into two civil-works contracts and one contract for installation of the signalling system.
The Map Kaboa-Jira Junction route worth Bt28 |billion was divided into two civil works contracts, one tunnel-construction contract, and one signalling-installation contract. The Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin contract worth Bt19 billion was divided into two civil-works contracts, while the Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan route worth Bt9.8 billion has only one civil-works contract. The Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon route worth Bt16 billion was split into two civil-works deals.
The three southern routes will jointly call a bid for one contract for signalling-system installation.
SRT acting governor Anon Luengboribun said that the state rail agency's board will call a meeting on April 6 to scrap the previous terms of reference for the these five routes and approve the new set. The creation of the new TOR is in line with orders from the panel supervising the procurement of all state agencies to ensure bid competition and transparency.
Anon added that the Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan route was expected to be put in the bidding first due to its lowest project value.