High-speed rail project mired in land issues

The high-speed train project to link up three major airports is still mired in land expropriation and eviction problems concerning 20% of the land required for construction despite it being expected to begin operation in five years.

If the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) fails to hand over this part of land, approximately 2,000 rai, to the Charoen Pokphand Group (CP)-led consortium contracted to construct the project, in time, it may face another episode of having to pay hefty financial compensation to a contractor, said former finance minister Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala.

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