Asia Briefs:Thailand approves building of new railway

Thailand approves building of new railway

BANGKOK • Thailand's Cabinet yesterday approved the construction of a 17 billion baht (S$664 million) rail project connecting Prachuap Khirikhan and Chumphon provinces in the country's south. The 20-station, 167km dual-track project is part of a big infrastructure push by the government to kick-start the economy.


Perak district may face water rationing

KERIAN • Water rationing will be imposed in the northern Malaysian district of Kerian and several areas in Taiping and Kamunting if the Bukit Merah Dam level falls to the critical 5.18m mark due to continued dry weather and consumption patterns.

Perak Public Amenities, Infrastructure, Energy and Water Committee chairman Zainol Fadzi Paharudin said on Monday 250,000 consumers would be affected and water pumps will be provided to padi farmers to recycle their existing water supply.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe