PM tinkers with Isan railway plans

Budget proposed for flood-ravaged areas

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired the mobile cabinet meeting at Nakorn Ratchasima on Monday. That included the usual Northeast politicking, with a pa kao ma around the waist, a ride in a northeaster e tak roofless vehicle and some local wildlife - in his case a frog. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has decided the Chira-Khon Kaen double track railway will be partially elevated when it passes through downtown Nakhon Ratchasima, ending local people's worries the city would be divided by a giant wall according to the original plan.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said 4km of the 12km route, which cuts across the city, would be elevated.

At the junction where the railway is to cross the elevated bypass the track will pass through a tunnel, he said, adding the bridge in front of Sima Thani needs to be demolished to make way for the tunnel.

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