At the groundbreaking ceremony (Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com)Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand and China onDecember 21 kicked off the construction of a high-speedrailway project’s first route from Bangkok to Thailand’s northeastern provinceof Nakhon Ratchasima. The commencement ceremony was chaired by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha,with vice chairman of the National Reform and Development Commission of China WangXiaotao and senior officials of the two countries also in attendance. The 3.5-kmroute connects Klang Dong and Klang Asok stations in Nakhon Ratchasima provinceand is scheduled to be completed within six months. It is part of the 253-kmfirst phase of the railway linking Bangkok with Nakhon Ratchasima province,which costs 179 billion baht (5.37 billion USD).In July this year, Thailand’s cabinet approved aninvestment of 5.2-billion USD for the project.Per an agreement on the project, China is responsible for designing the railway,supervising construction, manufacturing of trains and signal systems andtraining work.Once completed, the railway with a maximum speed of 250 km per hour will be thefirst high-speed railway of Thailand.-VNA
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