Two sites slated for high-speed trains

The Transport Ministry is considering two plots of land owned by the Treasury Department in Nakhon Ratchasima and Nakhon Sawan provinces for development as high-speed train stations and new towns.

The 541-rai area in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima could be used to serve the northeastern train line and another location covering 3,385 rai in Muang district of Nakhon Sawan has potential for a station and a new centre for the northern route, Transport Minister Chadchat Suttipunt said.

The land in Pak Chong is used by the army for the manufacture of military equipment and the other plot in Nakhon Sawan is occupied by its Veterinary and Remount Department.

The government plans to build the first phase of the Nong Khai line to Nakhon Ratchasima while the first sector of the Chiang Mai line will run to Phitsanulok province.

Mr Chadchat said the train project will mainly use land owned by the Treasury Department and try to minimise acquiring private land for the project. A solution for the private property would be to reshape the land to the benefit of the owner and the project, he added.

A sub-committee has been formed to study city and economic development in the areas where the high-speed trains pass. The study could be completed in a month, he added. The panel comprises officials from the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, the Public Works and Town and Country Planning Department, the Treasury Department and the State Railway of Thailand.

Kiattisak Chantra, deputy director-general of the Public Works and Town and Country Planning Department, said land owners sacrificing part of their land for the project could benefit from the increased value of their property after the train line is built.

The high-speed train service is the main project under the 2.2 trillion baht infrastructure fund proposed by the government.

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