With travellers forced to wait outdoors at crowded Morchit 2 station, new northern long-distance bus stations planned for outside city.
Even on a quiet day, the parking lot is jammed at the Mor Chit terminal, photographed by the drone camera on Monday. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Bidding nears for new bus terminal land site
5-billion-baht project set to take three years
Private firms will be invited to place bids, expected next month, for a new plot of land to house the inter-provincial bus terminal that will replace Mor Chit 2 station, Transport Co president Wuthichart Kalyanamitra said Monday.
Authorities say new terminals are badly needed to replace the heavily congested Mor Chit and Ekamai stations, where travellers are forced to queue on the bus lanes for lack of room in the terminal. (File photo by Tawatchai Khemgumnerd)
Mr Wuthichart said the new terminal will be built in an area that would maximise the project’s benefits.
The new terminal will serve passengers travelling between the capital and the northern and northeastern regions of the country.
Mr Wuthichart said according to an earlier study, the plot will be selected from four areas.
With travellers forced to wait outdoors because of lack of space, authorities are pressing ahead with a plan to build new bus stations for the Northeast and East, and expect to allow private companies to submit bids for a 5-billion baht project. (Photo by Tawatchai Khemgumnerd)
These are Muang Thong Thani, Don Muang inbound side, Don Muang outbound side, and the Rangsit area near Thammasat University.
The new 150-rai terminal would cost about 5 billion baht, he said.
Around 1.5 billion baht will be set aside for buying the land and the rest will be spent on construction.
According to Mr Wuthichart, the project is pending approval from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
Plans to relocate Mor Chit 2 station have been under way since the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), which owns the land, asked for the area back earlier this year.
The Transport Co president said the relocation plan was sent to NCPO deputy chief ACM Prajin Juntong, the council’s head of economic affairs, early last month.
If the NCPO approves the plan, bidding for the land will be announced within a week, he said.
The new terminal will then be built and completed within three years, he said.
Transport permanent secretary Soithip Traisuth reiterated Monday that the SRT needed to reclaim Mor Chit 2 station and an adjacent car park from Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) buses.
It will use the area to construct its Red Line electric train, running from Bang Sue in Bangkok to Rangsit in Pathum Thani.
The two agencies are scheduled to leave the area next year, but are unlikely to meet the deadline as approval has not yet been given, Ms Soithip said.
She believed the relocation could start in the following year instead.
According to Ms Soithip, the Transport Co uses a 73-rai plot of land for Mor Chit 2 terminal and the BMTA uses a 25-rai plot for its parking area.
The two organisations may have to move out gradually to pave the way for the Red Line construction to start, she said.
The construction of the Red Line route is due for completion in 2017.
Ms Soithip said the areas currently occupied by the Transport Co and the BMTA will be set aside for the maintenance depot and parking space (parking lot) for Red Line trains.
BMTA acting director Nares Boonpiem said the agency had a 89.9-million-baht budget for the relocation to be spent between 2015 and 2016.
Bidding for the new location’s design will be called in September, with the design set to be completed within six months, he said.
Bidding for construction will be announced in March next year, and is expected to be completed in one year.
“The new nine-rai parking location will have to accommodate up to 220 buses, while another 3.5 rai will be set aside for a gas station, which should be completed by 2017,” Mr Nares said.
A new location has yet to be found and this will determine the cost of the land.
Speaking about the project to buy 3,183 NGV-powered buses, the BMTA chief said the 13.1-billion-baht project is pending NCPO approval.
The agency has already sought permission from relevant state agencies and state enterprises to use the area for parking space for new NGV buses, he said.
Meanwhile, Ms Soithip said the draft plan for countrywide transport development was finalised on Sunday and will be forwarded to NCPO chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha for consideration today.
[According to a Transport Ministry source, the ministry has devised an urgent plan to build dual-track railways on five routes at a cost of 116 billion baht.
They consist of Lop Buri to Pak Nam Pho in Nakhon Sawan (148km), 24 billion baht; Map Ka Bao in Saraburi to Jira Road in Nakhon Ratchasima (132km), 29 billion baht; Jira Road to Khon Kaen (185km), 26 billion baht; Nakhon Pathom to Hua Hin (165km), 20 billion baht; and Prachuap Khiri Khan to Chumphon (167km), 17 billion baht.
Meanwhile, six other dual-track railways covering 1,364km will be built later at a cost of 140 billion baht.
They comprise Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan (90km); Chumphon-Surat Thani (167km); Surat Thani-Padang Besar in Malaysia (339km); Pak Nam Pho-Den Chai in Phrae (285km); Khon Kaen-Nong Khai (174km); and Jira Road-Ubon Ratchathani (309km).
In addition, the plan recommends three new routes for 696km of dual-track railways at a cost of 120 billion baht.
They comprise Den Chai-Chiang Rai-Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai (326km); Ban Phai in Khon Kaen-Maha Sarakham-Roi Et-Mukdahan-Nakhon Phanom (347km); and Ban Pachee-Nakhon Luang in Ayutthaya (15km).]
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accommodate: to prepare what is needed for something - ปรับให้เข้ากับ, เปลี่ยนให้เหมาะกับ, จัดให้เหมาะ
acting: doing the work of the usual person in a particular job while they are not there, or until a new person starts - ที่รักษาการแทน
adjacent: very near, next to, or touching - ติดกัน
affairs: events affecting a government, military, organisation, etc. - กรณียกิจ, กิจธุระ
agency: a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ
announce: to tell people something officially, especially about a decision, plans, etc - ประกาศ, แจ้ง, แจ้งให้ทราบ
approval: official permission - การอนุมัต
authority: a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
benefit: an advantage you get from a situation; a helpful or good effect, or something intended to help - ผลประโยชน์, ข้อได้เปรียบ, ผลดี
bid: an offer to buy or provide something at a specific price - การประมูล, การให้ราคา, การเสนอราคา
bid: an offer to buy or provide something at a specific price - ยื่นเสนอราคา
bidding: offering to buy/sell something at a specific price - การยื่นเสนอราคา
capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
completion: finishing something; bringing some project to an end after having done everything successfully - การทำเสร็จ, การทำให้สมบูรณ์
comprise: to consist or be made up of two or more things - ประกอบด้วย
congested: too blocked or crowded and causing difficulties - แน่นขนัด
consideration: giving careful thought to something before making a decision - การคิดพิจารณา
construct: building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - ก่อสร้าง
construction: the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง
countrywide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน
deadline: a time or day by which something must be done - เส้นตาย
depot: a building where supplies or vehicles are kept - คลัง
deputy: a person who is given the power to do something instead of another person, or the person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง, ตัวแทน,ผู้รักษาการแทน
determine: to decide what will be done or happen - กำหนด
development: the process of using an area of land, especially to make a profit by building on it, etc - การพัฒนา
devise: to invent a method of doing something - คิดขึ้นใหม่
director: one of a group of senior managers who run a company - กรรมการบริษัท
drone: an aircraft without a pilot, controlled from the ground - เครื่องบินไร้คนขับที่ควบคุมด้วยวิทยุทางไกล
dual: having two parts or aspects - ประกอบด้วยสองส่วน, เป็นคู่
enterprise: an organization, especially a business - กิจการ, บริษัท,อุตสาหกิจ,วิสาหกิจ
finalise: to complete the last part of a plan, trip, project, etc - ทำให้เสร็จสมบูรณ์
firm: a business or company - บริษัท
force: making someone do something that they don't want to do - การบังคับ
forward: to send onwards - ส่งต่อ
gradually: slowly and in small stages or amounts - อย่างทีละน้อย
inter-: between different things -
invite: to ask somebody formally to go somewhere or do something - เชิญ
jammed: to become very crowded with people or things - แน่นขนัด
lack of: when there is not enough of something - ขาด
lane: one of the parts that a wide road or motorway is divided into, marked by painted lines and intended for one line of traffic - ช่องทางเดินรถ
maintenance: the act of keeping something in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly - การซ่อมบำรุง
maximise: to increase something as much as possible - ทำให้มีสูงสุด
meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
ministry: a government department that has a particular area of responsibility - กระทรวง
occupied: (of a place) controlled by a group of people, a country, etc. - ครอบครอง
outbound: travelling towards a particular point, particularly away from a city - ขาออก (opposite of inbound ขาเข้า)
parking lot: parking lot a place where motor vehicles are parked - ลานจอดรถ, ที่จอดรถ
passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
pending: waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed - ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง
permission: allowing someone to do something - การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
plot: a piece of land used for a particular purpose - ที่ดินแปลงเล็ก
press ahead: to continue as planned despite difficulties - ดำเนินการ
private: involving groups, businesses or industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - เอกชน
project: a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something - โครงการ
provincial: related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country -
queue: a line of people waiting for something - คิว
railway: the whole transportation system of trains connecting stations along rail tracks - รางรถไฟ, ระบบทางรถไฟ
reclaim: to take back something that was yours - เรียกกลับคืน, เอากลับ
recommend: to advise someone that they should do something - แนะนำ
region: a large area of land, usually without exact limits or borders - ภูมิภาค, ขอบเขต, แถบ, บริเวณ
reiterated: repeated something in order to emphasise it or make it very clear to people - ยืนยันตามเดิม
relevant: directly connected and important to what is being discussed or considered - ที่เกี่ยวข้อง
relocate: to move someone or something to another place - โยกย้ายประชาชนออกจากบริเวณ
relocation: the process of moving someone or something to a new place - การย้ายที่ใหม่
replace: to change from one thing to another - แทน
route: the way that planes, buses, trains, or ships travel regularly - เส้นทางของรถ เรือ เครื่องบิน,etc.
set aside: to keep or save something from a larger amount or supply in order to use it later for a particular purpose - สำรอง
source: a place where information comes from; someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว
state: government - รัฐบาล
study: A setting of the mind or thoughts upon a subject; hence, application of mind to books, arts, or science, or to any subject, for the purpose of acquiring knowledge. - งานวิจัย
submit: to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it - ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
terminal: a large building at an airport where passengers arrive and leave - อาคารผู้โดยสาร
track: the two long metal strips that a train travels along - รางรถไฟ
transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
under way: happening now, currently happening -
urgent: needing to be dealt with immediately - ที่เร่งด่วน
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