CORRECTION: An earlier report incorrectly stated the cost of the road. The proposed budget for the design is 80 million baht and the total cost for construction has not been determined.
A “Thai Riviera” road is being planned to be built along the coast six of Thailand’s Andaman provinces, if the Office of Transport’s request for 80 million baht for the design gets approved. Beginning in Ranong, the road will run through Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and end in Satun province. The road is part of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s plan to boost the economy and tourism in southern Thailand.
If the budget gets approved, the Office of Transport will spend the next two years making a development plan, which will be presented to the Transport Ministry for approval sometime after May 2024.
Prayut invited the Transport Ministry to look into the feasibility of the coastal road in October last year. The plan must consider the road’s impacts on the economy and environment. Engineering, project value, managing land ownership and local opinions must also be taken into consideration.
The OTP will study foreign examples of coastal roads, some of which are elevated in areas unsuitable for ground construction.
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