Government to accelerate Sino-Thai HSR project

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The Sino-Thai high-speed rail (HSR) link construction will be a major item on the agenda at next week’s mobile Cabinet meeting in Nakhon Ratchasima, with the government eager to accelerate the project, according to Digital Economy and Society (MDES) Minister Prasert Jantararuangtong.

The 250.77-kilometre high-speed rail link between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima is projected to be completed by 2028. Currently, the first phase, with an estimated cost of 179.41 billion baht, is under construction.

The meeting will also address the double-track rail upgrades between the two cities and plans to upgrade Nakhon Ratchasima Airport. These initiatives aim to transform the province into a key transportation hub in the Northeast.

Prasert mentioned that these developments would enhance Nakhon Ratchasima’s reputation as a destination for international exhibitions, meetings, and summits. He expressed hope that the province could host more high-profile events, including the upcoming 2029 International Horticultural Expo.

Prasert also announced the introduction of digital volunteers during the first day of the mobile Cabinet meeting. These volunteers will play a crucial role in boosting digital awareness and literacy among Thai citizens.

In a separate event, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University’s (NRRU) local soft power development committee held a meeting to explore the province’s soft power potential. Expert sculptor Samart Jubjon from the NRRU noted that the meeting gathered experts from all 32 districts in the province.

The meeting aimed to solicit input on which aspects of the province’s identity and culture should be highlighted in future promotional events, Samart explained.

The committee plans to present their recommendations to the government during the mobile Cabinet meeting next week, reported Bangkok Post.

In related news, the high-speed rail project connecting Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi, and U-Tapao airports is set to kick off later this year following a revised agreement between the state and project developers. Anan Phonimdang, Deputy Governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), confirmed that the SRT’s board has acknowledged the agreement.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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