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Thai junta approves S$33 bln rail line project plan

Published on Jul 29, 2014 7:28 PM
 
Thailand's military junta, led by army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, has approved a plan to invest in urgent infrastructure projects, including 867 billion baht (S$33 billion) for eight dual-track rail lines, a senior official said on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's military junta has approved a plan to invest in urgent infrastructure projects, including 867 billion baht (S$33 billion) for eight dual-track rail lines, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The investments for the projects will be from now till September next year, Soithip Traisutthi, the Transport ministry's permanent secretary, told reporters after a meeting with the army rulers.

Investments have stalled since the Southeast Asian country was hit by political unrest late last year. The army seized power on May 22 in a bid to restore order, and the new government is now approving projects to revive growth.

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, who is overseeing economic matters for the junta, will discuss with relevant agencies how to finance the projects and submit the plan to the government within a month, Soithip said.

 
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