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Anti graft body raises concerns about contract bidding at Suvarnabhumi

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“The private anti-graft watchdog called on Thai media and the public to keep a close watch on the conduct of the company calling for bids.”

The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand is expressing concerns over alleged lack of transparency in two major contracts under review at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

In a statement issued yesterday, the private anti-graft watchdog called on Thai media and the public to keep a close watch on the conduct of the company calling for bids on the two projects, namely Airports of Thailand Company (AoT).

The two projects are the 6.6 billion baht expansion of the second passenger terminal and bidding for the concession to operate duty-free shops at AoT airports in Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hatyai airports.

The anti-graft organisation noted that the National Economic and Social Development Board, several Thai engineers and architect associations had voiced objections to the terminal expansion project, claiming that the project is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayers’ money because the three existing international airports, Suvarnabhumi, Don Meuang and U-tapao, which together can handle 100-120 million passengers per year, will soon be linked by high-speed train.

The ACT are concerned that, as the attention of the government, media and public is focused on the March 24 general election, the AOT board might take the opportunity to rush through approval of the two controversial projects adding that the government and authorities concerned with the two projects must be held accountable.

In October last year, 12 engineering and architect organisations and the ACT called on Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to exercise his special powers, under Article 44 of the current constitution, to scrap plans for the new passenger terminal.

Meanwhile, current duty-free concession contracts at Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai airports are due to expire next year. Because of the high stakes involved in the duty-free business, four new players, in addition to current operator King Power, have decided to put their hats into the bidding ring.

The four new players are the Central DFS Consortium, Lotte Duty-Free (Thailand), Bangkok Airways Holdings and Central department stores.

Here’s a video that was used as part of the bid to design the new terminal.

Watch a video from one of the airport design contract bidders HERE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVCxMnGVlEI

 



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Cabinet waives tolls for 8 days over Songkran break

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Thailand’s cabinet has decided to waive tolls on the Bangkok-Pattaya and Bangkok-Bang Pa-in-Bang Phli motorways starting April 10 until midnight on April 18. This takes in the main Songkran break between April 12 – 14 and the annual ‘seven days of danger’.

A Cabinet spokesperson say that a large number of people are expected to leave Bangkok for the provinces during the annual Songkran festival, so the cabinet decided to waive the toll fees to make travel a bit easier and less expensive.

Official holidays for the Songkran festival are from April 12-16, but many families are expected to set out 1-2 days before to avoid heavy traffic on the three main arteries to the northern, northeastern and southern regions.

The Transport Company will be adding extra buses to cope with the increased volumes of travellers and airlines have added flights to the schedule, while more trains will be provided during the holiday period.

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75 year old mauled to death by pitbulls in Nonthaburi

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A family have returned home to find the 75 year old Grandmother had been attacked and mauled by the family’s six pit bull terriers.

The woman, named Iat, was lying in a pool of blood outside the house in Bang Bua Thong, Nonthaburi, on the west side of the Chao Phraya, Bangkok.

Sanook reports that she had been bitten all over suffering dozens of bites was already deceased.

The family’s six pit bull terriers were put back in their cage and the police were called. The woman was home alone with the dogs while her daughter, son-in-law and child were out.

Police speculate the dogs were stressed in the heat or were affected by some strange smell. The report doesn’t mention what action is being taken against the dogs.

SOURCE: Sanook

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BKK taxi driver returns 400,000 baht to Danish tourist

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Usually maligned, it’s great to post a good-news story about Bangkok’s taxi drivers. A capital city cabbie is being praised after returning a bag containing 400,000 baht to a Danish tourist.

T News reports that Somsri Ralat picked up the Danish tourist and his Thai wife at BKK airport and was taking them to their Hotel in Bang Yai yesterday afternoon.

But after they arrived, and the taxi had departed, they realized they left a bag containing cash and documents in the back seat of the taxi.

Back in the taxi, when he arrived back at Suvarnabhumi, the driver contacted staff to ask for help in tracking down the couple.

A couple of hours later the couple were re-united with their bag at the airport.

Managing Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport Suthirawat Suwannawat says Mr Somsri was a credit to Thailand and his actions would be good for the country’s image among foreign tourists.

Of course he was only doing the right thing but often taxi drivers get a bad rap for their behaviour. And the bad stories get most of the media space. So it’s nice to have a happy ending to this taxi story.

It wasn’t reported but one of the pictures indicate Somsri was rewarded for his honesty.

Passengers who leave personal belongings in the back of a taxi they have taken from Survanabhumbi can contact the Taxi Service Center, on 02 132 0360 or the AOT Contact Centre on 1722, 24 hours a day.

SOURCE: TNews

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