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PPP model approved for Bangkok MRT Orange Line western section, Thailand [free access]

February 11, 2019

Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has approved development of the Bangkok Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Orange Line western section on public-private partnership (PPP) basis. The national government will be responsible for land expropriation fees and the private partner will be responsible for development of the rail system as well as provision of operations and maintenance (O&M) services for a period of 30 years.


The Orange Line will span 39.6 km (9 km elevated, 30.6 km underground) from Taling Chan railway station to Min Buri, covering 30 stations. It is being developed in two sections (eastern and western). The 22.57-km eastern section is currently under construction.


The western section will span 17 km (fully underground) from Bang Khun Non to Min Buri, covering 13 stations. It will be developed at an estimated investment of THB235 billion. Construction is expected to begin by early 2020 and passenger services by 2025.


(1 THB [Thai Baht] = 0.03 USD)