MRTA dodges lawsuit on Orange Line damages

MRTA dodges lawsuit on Orange Line damages

The Central Administrative Court on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit in which the Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC) sued the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) as well as the bidding committee for damages over the Orange Line's western extension.

The lawsuit involved the MRTA's decision to revise the terms of reference (ToR) for bidding for the Orange Line's western extension from Bang Khunnon to Min Buri.

The changes came despite the MRTA having already sold bid envelopes to several potential bidders.

The bid was later cancelled after the BTSC, which operates the BTS Skytrain, protested.

In dismissing the lawsuit, the court said that while the changes made to the ToR were unlawful, they did not cause any damage to the BTSC.

In the court's view, the costs which the BTSC incurred from technical and legal consultants were normal expenses in doing business and did not stem from the changes made to the ToR.

As such, the court said it decided to dismiss the lawsuit.

Surapong Laoha-Unya, CEO of the BTSC, said the company would consult legal advisers on what to do next. It has 30 days to appeal.

He said there are two other lawsuits involving the changes to the Orange Line's bidding criteria, and one involving the MRTA's cancellation of the bidding process has been filed with the Administrative Court.

The other, which relates to the MRTA's allegedly unlawful revision of the bidding terms and its cancellation of the bid for the extension, has been filed with the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases, he said.

Do you like the content of this article?

Indonesia approves first home-grown Covid vaccine for emergency use

JAKARTA: Indonesia has approved its first domestically-produced Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use for people over 18, the chief of the country's food and drugs agency (BPOM) was quoted by news media as saying on Wednesday.


Hong Kong defends currency peg amid outflow of capital chasing US dollar assets

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) on Wednesday intervened in the foreign-exchange market for the first time in seven weeks to defend the local currency's peg against the US dollar, following flight of capital from the Hong Kong dollar market after US rates rose to a 14-year high last week.


Landslide alert

The governor of Petchabun warns tourists of possible landslides on Phu Thap Boek mountain after a mudslide hit a minor road and a 200m crack appeared in the highway.