Italian-Thai wins Red Line contract, Bangkok Post, 05/09/12
Italian-Thai Development Plc yesterday won the bid for the contract to build the Red Line mass transit project linking Bangkok's Bang Sue district to Rangsit in Pathum Thani. The company beat another giant construction from Ch Karnchang Plc, with its lowest bid of 24.1 billion baht, said Prajak Manotham, deputy governor of the State Railway of Thailand.
The winning bid was, however, still about 5 billion baht above the budget ceiling that had been approved for this project, he said. There were only two contenders in yesterdays bidding and Ch. offered a higher bid of 24.5 billion baht, said Mr Prajak. The next process is to report the bid result to the Japan International Cooperation Agency which has pledged to fionance the project and then negotiate with the winning bidder for a discount on the quoted construction price to the budget ceiling.
Govt mulls cancelling half of Red Line project, 08/09/2012
The Transport Ministry is considering cancelling about half of the upcoming Red Line electric train project, which would link Bang Sue in Bangkok to Rangsit in Pathum Thani.
Two days after the conclusion of bidding for the construction of that section of the route, Deputy Transport Minister Chatt Kuldiloke said yesterday he had ordered a study on the ministry's proposal to terminate the project, supervised by the State Railways of Thailand (SRT).
The main reason the ministry wanted to curtail the Red Line project at Bang Sue was that it would overlap with the future extension of the Airport Rail Link from Phaya Thai station to Don Mueang airport, he said. Cancelling the first Red Line section would save the government almost 100 billion baht in construction costs, Pol Lt Gen Chatt said. He added the Red Line section to Rangsit would also overlap with a planned high-speed rail link project.
The Rangsit-Bang Sue route is a sub-section of the planned Red Line route. If it goes ahead as planned, it is estimated to start in 2014. Another Red Line is planned to run from Bang Sue to Taling Chan. Italian-Thai Development Plc on Wednesday won the bid for the contract to lay rails and for civil works of the Red Line between Bang Sue and Rangsit. The company beat another giant construction firm, Ch Karnchang Plc, with its bid of 24.1 billion baht. The winning bid was, however, still about 5 billion baht above the budget ceiling approved for this project.
The SRT and the ministry's Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning were assigned to jointly carry out a study to determine the advantages and disadvantages of terminating the project, Pol Lt Gen Chatt said. The results of the study were expected in the next one to two weeks and a forum would be held on Thursday to invite opinions on the project's potential termination, said Pol Lt Gen Chatt.
The deputy minister also said the SRT is in the process of splitting its operations into distinct business units, covering rail operations, asset management and maintenance functions. This is to serve the development of infrastructure. The government has earmarked 176 billion baht in funds for rail investment by the SRT through 2014.
The development includes improving the railways throughout the country by widening dual tracks with standard gauge from 1 metre to 1.435m wide. The first phase of the double-track project is under way, starting in 2010 and due to finish in 2014, with a total of 765km of track to be laid. The second (1,025km) and third phase (1,247km) will start in 2015 and 2020, respectively.
I think AI Maew has made a promise with China to get the railway deals so he tells Big Chad to find the way to wreck havoc on Red line commuter funded by JICA as well as massive double tracking projects by coming up with the reguaging idea as the way to create High Speed Railway Network to please those Chinese contractors. I know that such a regauging project nationwide will cost taxpayer money about 2-3 Trillion Baht to say the least.
Now, this red line commuter project has turned Ugly when Watermelon (Pol Maj Sa-ngiam Samranrat) is going to mobilize 3000 UDD men to support Big Chat's decision to scrape the red line commuter project along with the massive double tracking to get money for High Speed train by regauging ... and MOT must accept Big Chat's proposal or MOT at Rajdamnoen Avenue will be burnt down!
When I look back to the way those slum dwellers coming to obstruct the extension of Red line commuter to Thonburi station along with the news mentioned above, it leaves me an impression that those slum dwellers along Thonburi - Talingchan line are the same UDD men who want to scrap the red line commuter project along with the massive double tracking to get more money for High Speed Train by regauging the existing tracks as proposed by Big Chat
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Jarupong says Red Line rail section will go ahead, 09/09/2012
The Red Line electric rail project will go ahead despite suggestions that a section of it would be scrapped, Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan said yesterday. On Friday, Deputy Transport Minister Chatt Kuldiloke said he he had ordered a study on the ministry's proposal to terminate the first section of the line, running from Rangsit in Pathum Thani to Bang Sue in Bangkok.
The main reason the ministry wanted to terminate the Red Line project at Bang Sue was that it would overlap with the future extension of the Airport Rail Link from Phaya Thai station to Don Mueang airport, as well as a planned international high-speed mainline rail route, he said. This came two days after the conclusion of bidding for the construction the Red Line, supervised by State Railway of Thailand, between Bang Sue and Rangsit. The section _ the first part of the north-south Red Line route that will terminate in Maha Chai in Samut Sakhon _ is tentatively scheduled to be running in 2014.
Another Red Line is also planned, running east to west between Sala Ya in Nakhon Pathom and Hua Mak in Bangkok. The two routes would connect at Bang Sue. But yesterday Mr Jarupong said the ministry had no plans to cancel the Rangsit-Bang Sue project. "The Bang Sue-Rangsit section of the Red Line must go ahead as the [rest of the Red Line] project could not continue without it," Mr Jarupong said.
He said Pol Lt Gen Chatt's concern that the route would overlap with the airport link and a planned high-speed inter-country rail project sounded reasonable but it needed to be considered more thoroughly.
Now, those henchmen of Big Chatt have come up with Fan Page of Big Chatt which can be seen here:
Any one who show any Disagreement of the 2 trillion Baht regauging projects will be forever blocked
Furthermore, those henchmen of Big Chatt have has come up with the propaganda in video clip to support reguaging project, after all, they have a hope get 30-40% cut [read: pork barrels] from this 2 trillion Baht scheme
Now, Bit Chatt and UDD men are running the propaganda for Nationwide regauging as shown here:
Note: Since this propaganda has turned so ugly, I would just post the link due to the fact they keep distorting the facts to fit their ends without listening to the warnings otherwise by those knowledgeable men ... Coincidentally, this propaganda has run on Purajat day of 14 September (the day Prince Purajat passed away) ... while attacking HM who support red line commuter
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After the insult trading, we have learnt that Ai maew may be the mastermind behind the mobilization of UDD men for regauging Controversies - using Big Chatt as the one who is mindlike
... Now, those who advocate regauging have gone too far by launching the attack against His Majesty for the case of the extension from Taling Chan to Siriraj (Thonburi)
Last edited by Wisarut; 17-09-12 at 04:14 PM.
What a heck!
What a hell: Ai Tong has obstructed Red line commuter project - by indefinitely postpones the signature with contractors
Prachachat Thurakij 16 October 2012 - 14:03:17
STECON and Unique has accepted the bidding prices of 29.828 billion Baht but MOF has indefinitely postponed the project by claiming the cabinet resolution to increase the budget from 27.137 billion Baht to 29.828 billion Baht even though it is supposed to sign up on 10 October 2012 - telling SRT to make a long list of change with reasons for increase the budget to the cabinet and the money sources to cover the extra part - and Unique failed to find the Bank Guarantee to finance the extra part of the project.
Worse, the Second contract on stations with the price tags of 18.861 billion Baht and track and the third contract on electrification and mechanics with the price tag of 26.272 billion Baht have to be postponed as well - as the way to sign up 3 contracts simultaneously ... Now the second contract and the third contract has an interlocking share holdings so it is possible to cancelled out and call the new bid which take a long term
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Even though the first contract is going to be signed very soon, the 3rd contract on electrification of Bangsue - Rangsit and Bangsue - Taling Chan have to be cancelled up to the alleged collusion of Japanese contractors
For 10 km extension from Rangsit to Thammasart University Rangsit, Bangkok University Station have to be added - in addition to 3 originally listed stations including Klong Nueng station, Chiang Rak station and Thammasart University station
Ministry of Finance has approved the contractor (STEC- UNIQ) who won the bidding of the first contract (Construction of Bangsue Central station) - at 29 billion Baht
Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport, and SRT still need to negotiate with ITD who won the second contract to reduce the bidding for the construction of stations and tracks from Bangsue to Rangsit (except Bangsue Central) from 24 billion Baht to 21.2 billion Baht
the First Contract must be signed by the end of next week or the end of December 2012 since the first and the second contract have been delayed for too long.
The third Contract (Electrification from Bangsue central to Rangsit, Bangsue central to Taling Chan along with the new signal system) at 28 billion Baht can be waited since the bidding for the 3rd contract has to be cancelled due to the violation of the Anti Collusion Act and Thai government has to explain about the Anti Collusion Act to JICA so they have to set the new criteria for bidding of the 3rd contract to be in line with the Anti Collusion Act.
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ITD is willing to cut the cost for the 2nd contract from 24,102 Million to 21,235 Million Baht to be in line with 10% maximum limit principal for bidding. After this agreement, Railway Board is going to send the bidding result to JICA to get the green line so SRT can sing up with ITD in early Jan 2013 before reporting to Cabinet. On 25 Dec 2012, SRT is going to report about the case of the first bidding won by STEC + Unique Engineer so SRT can sign up the contract by the end of December 2012.
For the 3rd contract (Electrification and Signals), it can be delayed while the first and second contract cannot be delayed - we know that It hurts the interests of contractors who pay the contribution to politicians to delay the projects.
While Ai Tong is telling the press that he is going to send the approval of Contract 1 and contract 2 for red line commuter from Bangsue to Rangsit including Bangsue central to the cabinet, he has threatened to scrap both contracts and called the new bidding if both contracts have headed into the dead end ... talk like a fart indeed!
Governor praphat goign to ask the cabinet to approve the first and the second contract on Tuesday 8 Jan 2013
BKK Post, 05/01/13
Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry and the State Railway of Thailand are expected to request cabinet approval on Tuesday to proceed with Contracts 1 and 2 to build the Bang Sue-Rangsit section of the Red Line electric railway, SRT governor Prapas Jongsanguan said.
Contracts 1 and 2 pertain to the construction of basic infrastructure and the stations on the 26.3km-long route. Mr Prapas said if the cabinet gives the go-ahead, contractors would be hired to begin the project. The delay is now with Contract 3 concerning the laying of the train operation system and procurement of passenger train compartments.
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Thus happened as reported in today's Bangkok Post:
Originally Posted by Wisarut
Cabinet approves 2 Red Line contracts, BKK Post, 09/01/2013
A cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved the signing of two of three contracts to build a section of the Red Line electric railway, Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt said.
The first contract involves the construction of the Bang Sue central terminal and a maintenance facility. The contract, worth 29 billion baht, has been awarded to SU Joint Venture, comprising Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc and Unique Engineering and Construction Plc. The second is for the construction of rail tracks and train stations. Italian-Thai Development Plc secured the contract, valued at 21.2 billion baht. The two contracts are part of a 36km section of the Red Line electric railway linking Bang Sue in Bangkok and Rangsit in Pathum Thani province.
Construction under the contracts is expected to be completed within three years, said Prapat Chongsanguan, governor of the State Railway of Thailand. The Bang Sue-Rangsit section of the Red Line also includes a third contract concerning the laying of the train operation system and procurement of rolling stock. That contract has not been sealed yet.
Higher price for red line agreed, NAKARIN SRILERT, THE NATION January 9, 2013
The Cabinet yesterday gave the green light to raising the second contract for the MRT Red Line to Bt21.24 billion from Bt19.31 billion to reflect the 9-per-cent rise in construction costs since the 2009 study of the project.
Transport Minister Chadchart Sithipan said the Cabinet also gave the nod to the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) to borrow domestic loans for the construction of the Bang Sue-Rangsit extension of the Red Line, more than Bt2.85 billion for civil works in the first contract and Bt2.03 billion for the second contract.
SRT governor Prapat Chong-|sanguan said it expected to sign the first Red Line contract covering the construction of Bang Sue station and maintenance centre this month with the bid winner SU Consortium. The consortium comprises Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction and Unique Engineering and Con-struction. For the second contract, Italian-Thai Development quoted the lowest price. SRT is waiting for the Japan International Cooperation Agency, loan provider for the Red Line, to approve the result.
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Reason: Added Nation article