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Songkran Festival Delays Rama II Road Construction

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Gautham Suthakar
Gautham Suthakar
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The anticipated Songkran festival in Thailand casts a shadow over the progress of construction on Rama II Road, with delays pushing the completion date to June 2025, according to the country’s transport minister. Despite concerted efforts to accelerate the project, the minister’s recent announcement underscores the persistent challenges faced by contractors. However, amidst the setback, assurances have been made regarding compensation to incentivize swifter progress.

Government spokesperson Suriya Jungrungreangkit addressed transportation concerns during a press briefing held today, April 2, at 9:40 am local time. With a focus on facilitating safe and convenient travel for the public during the festive season, Suriya outlined plans to establish alternative routes to alleviate congestion in key areas. These measures are aimed at offering commuters more efficient travel options, even if it entails longer distances.

Additionally, directives have been issued to the Expressway Authority of Thailand and the Department of Highways to reduce tolls at various checkpoints, with exceptions on the Western Outer Ring Road as per contractual obligations. Notably, the proposed toll reductions, subject to Cabinet approval, will apply across routes like the Chalerm Mahanakhon Expressway, marking a concerted effort to ease financial burdens on travelers.

Amidst discussions on transportation strategies, the spotlight turned to the prolonged construction woes plaguing Rama II Road. Suriya reiterated the imperative for the project’s timely completion by June 2025. Acknowledging liquidity challenges faced by contractors, the Ministry of Transport is actively engaging with financial institutions to address cash flow issues, underscoring the collaborative efforts underway to navigate the roadblocks hindering progress.

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