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Monorail plans finalised for approval

Project plans head to cabinet late this month

A BTS Skytrain locomotive runs on the track near the riverside Saphan Taksin station. The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) plans to submit the Pink and Yellow line electric train projects to the cabinet for approval later this month and sign their construction contracts early next month. PATTARACHAI PREECHAPANICH

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The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) aims to sign construction contracts early next month for the two key electric rail lines that will carry people from surrounding provinces to the capital.

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MRTA gears up to sign monorail deals

Amornrat Mahitthirook

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) aims to sign construction contracts early next month for the two key electric rail lines that will carry people from surrounding provinces to the capital.

The two monorail projects involve the 30.4km Yellow Line, worth 52 billion baht, which will stretch from the Lat Phrao area to Samrong in Samut Prakan, and the 34.5km Pink Line (53.5 billion baht), which will run from Nonthaburi's Khae Rai to Bangkok's eastern Min Buri district.

MRTA deputy governor Theeraphan Tachasirinugune, who is in charge of strategy and planning, said the agency will forward the project plans to the cabinet for approval late this month.

A selection committee formed under Section 35 of the 2013 Private Investments in State Undertakings Act has vetted details of the two projects, negotiated project prices with the bid winner and come up with conclusions, according to Mr Theeraphan.

The results of the negotiations have also been sent to the State Enterprise Policy Office and the Office of the Attorney-General for consideration.

The deputy governor said the deliberation work has now been completed. The MRTA is waiting for this to be returned to the Transport Ministry so it can be presented to the cabinet for approval.

The construction and installation of operation systems for the two projects is expected to be wrapped up within three years and three months of the contracts being signed, Mr Theeraphan said.

But these contracts do not include proposals by BSR Joint Venture to further extend the two lines.

It has proposed extending a 2.6km section from the Yellow Line's Lat Phrao station to the Ratchayothin station on the Green Line (Mor Chit-Saphan Mai-Khu Kot) as well as a 2.8km section from Chaeng Watthana Road to Muang Thong Thani on the Pink Line.

Both extension plans would require environmental impact assessments (EIA) and feasibility studies to be carried out first, according to Mr Theeraphan.

The bid winner would be responsible for all the costs of the line extensions, including construction and land expropriation, while the MRTA would play a coordinating role, he said, adding that the two extensions are not binding on the main projects.

He said the extension plans may be scrapped if a deal cannot be made.

The work on the Pink and Yellow lines will be carried out under the Private-Public Partnership net cost model, he added. Under this approach, the private sector will shoulder the cost of construction, civil engineering, operation systems, electric trains and service, maintenance and fare collection.

The concessions will be granted for 33 years and three months, Mr Theeraphan said.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said earlier the MRTA will ask the cabinet in June to approve three more electric rail line projects.

They are the 8km Blue Line extension (Bang Kae-Buddha Monthon Sai 4), the 16.4km western Orange Line (Thailand Cultural Centre-Taling Chan) and the 23.6km southern Purple Line (Tao Poon-Rat Burana). The total estimated cost is 275 billion baht.

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Vocabulary:

Act : a law passed by a country’s government - พ.ร.บ. พระราชบัญญัติ

agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ

aim : to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย

approach : a way of doing or dealing with something; a particular way of doing something or thinking about something - การจัดการกับปัญหา วิธีการทำให้ถึงจุดหมาย

approval : official permission - การอนุมัต

Attorney-General : the top legal officer in some countries, who advises the leader of the government - อัยการสูงสุด

bid : an offer to buy or provide something at a specific price - การประมูล, การให้ราคา, การเสนอราคา

binding (adj): that must be obeyed because it is accepted in law; that must be done - ที่ผูกมัด

cabinet : the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี

capital : the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง

carried out : when a task is finished and completed - ทำให้สมบูรณ์, ทำให้สำเร็จ

civil engineering : the design, building and repair of roads, bridges, canals, etc; the study of this as a subject - วิศวกรรมโยธา

collection (noun): gathering; the bringing together that have been spread around - การเก็บรวบรวม

committee : a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ

concession : a right that is given to a person or group to do a particular activity - สัมปทาน

conclusion : the final part of something, in this case, a final decision - การสิ้นสุดลง การสรุป การตกลงขั้นสุดท้าย

consideration : giving careful thought to something before making a decision - การคิดพิจารณา

construction : the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง

contract : an official written agreement - สัญญา

coordinate : to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively - ประสานงานกัน

deal (noun): a formal agreement, especially in business or politics - ข้อตกลง, การตกลงซื้อขาย, การซื้อขาย

deliberation : considering or discussing something - การปรึกษาหารือ

deputy : a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

details : small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation - รายละเอียด

environmental impact assessment : an evaluation/research project into the possible positive or negative effects that a proposed project may have on the environment - การประเมินผลกระทบสิ่งแวดล้อม

estimated : thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available - ประมาณการ

expropriation (noun): the taking of land from people to use for something else - การเวนคืน

extend : to include something more - ยืดออกไป ขยายออกไป

extension : something that is added to make something longer, bigger, etc. - การยืดออก, การยืดขยาย, การเพิ่ม

fare : the money that you pay for a journey - ค่าโดยสาร

feasibility study (noun): when experts study in detail what is possible to achieve in a project or whether the project is possible - การศึกษาความเป็นไป

forward : to send onwards - ส่งต่อ

gear up (verb): to prepare yourself/somebody/something to do something - เตรียมให้พร้อมสำหรับ

governor : a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด

grant : to officially give something - ให้

installation (noun): the act of fixing equipment or furniture in position so that it can be used - การติดตั้ง

investment (noun): the act of investing money in something - การลงทุน

joint venture : a business activity carried out by two or more companies or groups - การลงทุนร่วม

maintenance : the act of keeping something in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly - การซ่อมบำรุง

Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) : the government agency operating the MRT Chaloem Ratchamongkhon underground line with connections to the BTS - การรถไฟฟ้าขนส่งมวลชนแห่งประเทศไทย

monorail (noun): a railway/railroad system in which trains travel along a track consisting of a single rail, usually one placed high above the ground - รางรถไฟรางเดียว

negotiate : to try to reach an agreement by discussing something in a formal way - เจรจาต่อรอง

negotiations : formal discussion in which people or groups try to reach an agreement - การเจรจาต่อรอง

net (adjective): the amount that remains after everything has been subtracted (or taken away) -

operation : an activity which is planned to achieve something - การดำเนินการ

partnership (noun): when a company owns and runs a business and shares profits, etc or with another company - หุ้นส่วน, ความร่วมมือ, ห้างหุ้นส่วน, ห้างหุ้นส่วนจำกัด

policy (noun): a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย

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

proposal : a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ

propose : to suggest an idea for a group to consider - เสนอ

provinces (noun): the many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด

public (adj): belonging to the government -

rail line : a track with rails on which trains run; a system of tracks, together with the trains that run on them - เส้นทางของรถไฟ, ระบบทางรถไฟ, รางรถไฟ

responsible for : to have a duty to do something - มีความรับผิดชอบ

results (noun): what you get in the end when activity is completed (test results, research results, etc) - ผล

role : the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท

scrapped : decided not to continue with something, such as a plan or event - ยุติแผนที่วางไว้

section : any of the parts into which something is divided - ส่วน

selection : choice; the process of choosing - การเลือก,การคัดเลือก

shoulder : to deal with or accept something difficult - แบกรับภาระ หรือสถานการณ์

state : government - รัฐบาล

state enterprise : a company or business owned and managed by the government - รัฐวิสาหกิจ

strategy : a plan or method for achieving something, especially over a long period of time - ยุทธวิธี, แผนการ  

stretch : to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, in a particular direction - ขยายออก, ยืดออก

surrounding : all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ

system (noun): a particular way of doing something; an organised set of ideas or theories - ระบบ, หลักการ

Transport Ministry (noun): The government ministry oversing all matters related to transportation, including highways, air transport and safety, licensing, road taxes, etc. - กระทรวงคมนาคม

undertaking : something difficult that you do - ภาระกิจ

vet : to examine something in order to decide if it is allowed - ตรวจสอบ

wrapped up : finished -

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