Squat­ters face evic­tion as air­port link gath­ers steam

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL - POST RE­PORTERS

The Trans­port Min­istry is evict­ing squat­ters along the new Don Mueang– Su­varn­ab­humi–U-Ta­pao high-speed rail­way con­struc­tion route.

Chai­wat Thongkamko­on, the min­istry’s per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, said staff had now served no­tice on all those oc­cu­py­ing land needed by the Eastern High-Speed Rail Link­ing Three Air­ports Co Ltd.

The com­pany plans to be­gin work on the 220km line, which is worth around 2.24 bil­lion baht, with 208 il­le­gal houses al­ready hav­ing been re­moved.

He said a fur­ther 43 il­le­gal house­holds have agreed to move, while five had re­fused and were be­ing taken to court. An­other 46 are cur­rently go­ing through a ne­go­ti­a­tion process ex­pected to con­clude in Oc­to­ber, he said.

Mr Chai­wat said there are 104 ten­ant con­tracts on State Rail­way of Thai­land land along the Lat Kra­bangU-Ta­pao route that will be ter­mi­nated next month and those along the Don Mueang-Phaya Thai sec­tion will be scrapped by De­cem­ber. Af­ter the last of the rented land is re­turned to the state, a No­tice to Pro­ceed let­ter will be re­leased to the com­pany by March next year.

Mr Chai­wat said the min­istry has also as­signed the Eastern High-Speed Rail Link­ing Three Air­ports Co Ltd to con­sider a lo­ca­tion in Chon Buri for the planned rail­way’s Pat­taya sta­tion.

Meanwhile, hand­ing over the Air­port Rail Link to the con­ces­sion­aire, which was ex­pected to hap­pen this month, may be de­layed be­cause prop­erty and sys­tem in­spec­tions by Ital­ian in­spec­tors have been dis­rupted by the cur­rent travel ban.

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