B2.2 trillion infrastructure bill 'still alive'

The 2-trillion-baht infrastructure development bill will not automatically be dropped due to the dissolution of parliament, Transport Minister Chatchart Suittipunt said on Monday.

The megaproject plan has already been passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. It can be submitted for royal endorsement as soon as the Constitution Court rules on its legality.

If the legislation is deemed legal by the court then the decision on whether to forward the bill for endorsement falls into the hands of the next government, he said.

The Democrat Party petitioned the court to investigate whether the loan bill violates the constitution in November, which prevented Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from submitting the legislation for Royal endorsement straight after it was passed by both chambers of parliament. The opposition asked the court to vet the legislation on grounds that the scale of off-budget borrowing proposed by the bill is unlawful.

Cabinet secretary-general Ampon Kitti-ampon said the interim government could immediately send the bill for Royal endorsement if the Constitution Court rules that it is lawful before the general election, scheduled for Feb 2 2014.

The bill aims to improve the country's transport infrastructure and includes plans to build high-speed trains and double-track railways.

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Discussion 1 : 10/12/2013 at 06:42 AM
Thaksin made it clear some time ago that this bill was critical to the PTP. Easy to understand. 30% of it goes into their pockets...or more. It's a terrible bill that will leave Thailand in extreme debt for years to come. But make the current politicians extremely rich. Easy to understand why so many are still on the streets protesting. Like said above, the politicians just don't care about the people or the country. Only themselves.
Discussion 2 : 10/12/2013 at 06:12 AM
Well, one must understand that elections are expensive, and those "gentlemen" need to recover their expenses...
Discussion 3 : 10/12/2013 at 02:58 AM
Great timing. One would think the new "caretaker government" might want to wait a few days before fanning the flames.
Discussion 4 : 09/12/2013 at 11:30 PM
Why would K. Chatchart even bring up this contentious matter today of all days. There must be a simple explanation , I put my two satang on a instruction via Skype.
Discussion 5 : 09/12/2013 at 11:16 PM
To be precise, "2-Trillion-Baht unplanned, disorganized and unreliable infrastructure development Bill"

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