EIA of Thailand-China railway approved

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Added On December 6, 2017

Thailand has approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of Thailand-China railway, paving the way for the start of construction of the first 3.5-km section this month.
 
Thai authorities approved a second part of EIA of the first phase of Thailand-China railway, after approving the first part earlier this year.
 
This means the EIA of the high-speed project is finally approved.
 
SOUNDBITE: ARKHOM TERMPITTAYAPAISITH, Thai Transport Minister
"The next step after the approval of the EIA would be the construction, and we've selected Dec. 21 to be the date to begin the work."
 
The first phase of the high-speed project, linking Bangkok and the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, is set to cost some 5.4 billion U.S. dollars.
 
The construction of the remaining 249 km will start gradually later after being put out to tender next year.
 
Thailand and China have started negotiations on the second phase of the project, which will link Nakhon Ratchasima with Nong Khai on Thai-Lao border. 
 
The project is designed to finally connect with China-Lao railway to form an artery railway from Kunming in southern China to Bangkok.