MRTA ups offer to businesses on rail route. BKKPost 07/02/2011
Business operators refusing to make way for the Purple Line subway route will be offered more compensation to cover their lost opportunities as an inducement to move.
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand plans to increase the amount of compensation it is offering businesses who have refused to move from land needed for the route, running from Bang Yai to Bang Sue. It will now offer at least 75,000 baht to each business that stands to be affected, although they must provide full paperwork. The compensation to the business operators is distinct from the amount the MRTA is paying to acquire land for the railway. The MRTA wants to secure another 1,052 pieces of land and 640 households.
Permanent secretary for transport Supoj Saplom, who chairs the MRTA, said the Purple Line, which is 18% complete, has encountered problems with land expropriation, as some traders and residents, citing business and other losses, have refused to move. Mr Supoj said the agency was trying to speed up the land expropriation and had recalculated the compensation it was prepared to offer by including the likely damage to businesses being forced to move.
The MRTA wants to clear land at four locations, earmarked for the entrance and exit ramps. MRTA deputy governor Ronnarit Yaemsa-ard, in his capacity as acting MRTA governor, said the agency had paid out 8.1 billion baht in land expropriation costs, out of a total put aside of 9.2 billion baht. Business operators who seek compensation are required to furnish their financial and tax details. Each affected business will be paid at least 75,000 baht in damages, although owners of large businesses will be given compensation based on actual losses, he said.
Purple Line construction schedule?
It would be interesting to know the real schedule of the project.
It only reaches 18%, after 2 years of construction?
Now, BMCL won the bidding for concession of Purple line by biddign at 93.475 billion Baht while BTSC bidding at 109.949 billion Baht
BMCL promised to purchase 21-22 sets of rolling stocks for Purple line and the other 5 sets of rolling stocks for Blue ring as it has to make 1 km extension to interchange with Purple line (Tao Poon - Bang Yai) at Tao Poon - Those rollign stocks must be delivered and under testrun by the end of 2014 - the year of openign Purple line.
However, this will need to wait unti lthe final result becomsea reality and the contract will be signed in September - october 2011
To check my understanding BMCL are the operators of the current Blue Line whilst BTSC is the Skytrain?
Originally Posted by Wisarut
It should be a priority to start the middle part of the line between Taopoon and Wong Wian Yai first before looking at an ext at the Bang Yai end. However, any further ext of the line is a good thing even if it is most likely being promoted for new housing developments owned by decision makers.
Bid to extend Purple Line to Sai Noi intersection By Watcharapong Thongrung
The Nation, May 5, 2011
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority plans to ask the consultant for the Purple Line mass transit system to study the possibility of extending the Bang SueBang Yai section to the Sai Noi intersection.
An MRTA source said yesterday that Nonthaburi Governor Wichien Puttiwinyu had requested the Transport Ministry to lengthen the route by 4.5 kilometres from Bang Yai to Sai Noi.
The feasibility study might take six months to complete, the source said. The extra section and three stations are expected to cost Bt1 billlion. The MRTA will have to ask the Cabinet for the budget if it decides to go ahead with the project.
On the Bang SueBang Yai route, 25 per cent of the project cost of more than Bt36 billion has been spent on civil work. Progress has suffered from a labour shortage but the contractor promised that 300 workers would be hired this month and 600 next month. The Bang Yai-Bang Sue stretch of the MRT Purple Line project is a 23kilometre elevated, heavyrail transit system with 16 elevated stations, a depot with an operationcontrol centre and four parkandride facilities.
Not so, the Suburban voters are the bigger and better target for politicians - must mroe than those in the city center because they can get mroe contributions from donation by real estate firms even though they agree in principal to make an extension to Kiakkai
Originally Posted by Yappofloyd
BTW, the elevated section is much easier to construct than the undergroudn section you are refering to (Tao Poon - Wang Boorapha whcih connewct with Blue ring).
The 4.5 km Extension to Sai Noy insterseciton (actually bangbuathogn Intersection) can be seen on the purple dash line:
Images by Khun Thanyakij
Last edited by Wisarut; 06-05-11 at 01:30 AM.
Yes the elevated section is much easier to construct than an underground section, I would think that this fact goes without saying. However, the fact is that the central section from Taopoon to Wong Wian Yai is much more important in terms of the numbers of pax it will carry, the interchange it will provide to others lines (Orange, Blue, SRT, BTS Silom) and the overall traffic reduction potential which also benefits some highly significant sites in BKK. Also, the longer you leave constructing the more costly part of the line (ie. the underground section) the more costly it will be to eventually construct it.
Originally Posted by Wisarut
There are political considerations for those suburban voters but, as I inferred, the financial considerations of those politicians with interests in property development companies with projects along the line corridor is the main dynamic at play here. After all, let us not forget that this is the main reason why the NW section of the Purple line is being built first rather than the central or southern sections......as we know the BJT members made sure that it happened that way.
Last edited by Yappofloyd; 06-05-11 at 04:37 PM.
Civil construction for the Purple line is said to be 26% complete according to deputy Gov MRTA.
Someone has uploaded footage (19 June) travelling along the whole line starting from Ngam Wong Wan rd (on the Prachacheun rd overpass) travelling west to Khae Rai intersection then continuing west along Rattanatibet rd. Nice accompanying music as well.
A good update for anyone that has a spare 15 mins;
And this video shows station concourse support beams being loaded in the middle of the night last week (undisclosed station);
Some pics by BeSTMeMo on SSC of the new foundation pillars being built for the new Purple Line bridge being built across the swollen river (taken 2 weeks ago);
Originally Posted by BeStMeMo
The 2nd contract and the 3rd contract of Purple line Subway halted by the flood of 2011 that hit Bang Bua Thogn and Bang Yai area whilese the first contract doen by CKC suffering form delay due to the flood
There is a great aerial pic of the Depot published in The BKK Post on the 24 Oct which I have been attempting to find online. Until I do here are a few pics of flooding affecting the Puple Line construction posted on SSC by Khun ant35. The first being a ground level view of the depot construction;
Originally Posted by ant35
Big Oh callgin for full inverstigtation of the case of TOR violation during the biddign fo Section 6 of Purple line ... STECON is disqualified due to the failture to meet the technical criteria ... and the deputy MRTA governor will have to be grilled due to the case of TOR Violation according to the TOR set by JICA (creditor)
Purple line delayed - will be opened by the end of 2015 instead of 2014 due to the flood of 2011
Cost overrun ensues ...
For the case of the existing Blue line, there are 3 underground connections with the subway stations:
1. Chamchuree Square to Sam Yan station
2. Exchange Tower to Sukhumvit station
3. Central Grand Plaza Rama 9 to Rama 9 station
Fortune Town going to make an underground connection with Rama 9 station as they have seen the enormous subway passengers heading toward Central Grand Plaza Rama 9