New police stations to cost B2.4bn

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has approved a budget of about 2,400 million baht for the Royal Thai Police Office (RTPO) for the construction of 181 of the 396 police stations which have been left incomplete by the construction contractor, deputy police chief Vorapong Chiewpreecha said on Monday.

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Pol Gen Vorapong, chairman of the commitee to follow up on the construction of the new police stations, said after the budget was approved by the NCPO the RTPO had decided to first restart construction at 181 police stations that had already been demolished and police there forced to work in makeshift or rented buildings.

The RTPO will allow the provincial police headquarters where these police stations are located to fix the median prices and prepare terms of references to call for bids, so that the construction contracts can be signed and the work can begin right away after the budget has been allocated.

There will be one contract for the construction of each station, Pol Gen Vorapong said.

A total of 396 new police stations were initially to be built under a 5.8 billion baht project during the Democrat Party-led government.  PCC Development and Construction (PCC) was the sole contractor for the construction of the whole project, but was unable to complete the project and left the 396 stations incomplete.

Asked about the progress of legal action against PCC, Pol Col Vorapong said the RTPO is preparing to file a civil suit demanding compensation because the total budget needed to restart construction is likely to be nearly 7 billion baht, compared to the 5.8 billion baht for the incomplete contracted project.

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