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CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST PHASE OF THAILAND-CHINA RAILWAY PROJECT TO START IN OCT

BANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 20 (NNN-TNA) - China and Thailand are working together, to sign two contracts of the first phase of the Thailand-China railway project in Sept, to begin the construction work of the first section in Oct, Chinese Embassy in Bangkok said, in a statement.

According to the statement, the two countries concluded negotiations of the contract of design work, of the first phase of the Thailand-China railway project and agreed on the price in the supervision contract, during the 20th meeting of Joint Committee on Railway Cooperation between Thailand and China.

"It is a new significant progress that the project made, after being approved by the Thai cabinet and Thailand's National Legislative Assembly," the statement said.

It also mentioned that both sides had been required to accelerate their work, to make it possible for the two sides to sign the two contracts in Sept, and to begin the construction work of the first section in Oct.

The railway project will also be further extended from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai on the Thai-Lao border, which is called the second phase.

"The preparation work for the second phase of the project will start soon," the embassy said.

China and Thailand have held meetings of Joint Committee on Railway Cooperation for 20 times over the past two years, the statement said, both sides have overcome many difficulties and solved many problems.

The Chinese side will be responsible for the design work and supervision, which will incorporate many Thai engineers and architects, while the Thais will be responsible for construction work. The project will also use Thai equipment and materials as much as possible.

Once finished, the project will be the first standard gauge high speed railway of Thailand and the railway, according to the statement, "will improve Thailand's transport system, enforce its role as the transport hub in the region, boost economic growth in the country, especially its north-eastern part, contribute to the Eastern Economic Corridor project and benefit other countries along the railway."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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