(Yicai Global) March 28 -- The China-Thailand high-speed rail project may be delayed because a section of the project documents provided by a Chinese company involved were not translated, the Global Times reported, citing a local Thai media report based on information from the Thai transportation ministry.
A Chinese company contracted by the Thai government to complete work on the 252.5 kilometer high-speed rail between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima has submitted the design documents for the project, but a section about construction materials and parts is in Chinese, Bangkok Post reported yesterday.
Without access to the information on building materials and parts, the Thailand national railway administration is unable to assess the price of the project or set the reference price for project tender, an informed source said.
“It’s still unclear when the parliament will greenlight the China-Thailand high-speed rail project. Railway design, as well as health and environmental impact assessments, still need to be done. We’re trying to expedite the process to push it through the parliament,” the source added.
The Thai authorities have asked the Chinese company to provide an English translation of the section and submit the documents again by the end of the month. The project team will hold their 17th meeting, which was originally scheduled for January, in Beijing next month. If the Chinese company cannot hand in the new documents by the end of the month, the meeting will be cancelled, the source said.
Submitting the translation should not be a problem, and it will not affect the progress in the China-Thailand high-speed rail project, Wang Mengshu, academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said yesterday. China and Thailand have maintained a fraternal relationship, and China has made great efforts to protect the interests of Thai people while designing the railway.
The Thai government recently announced four high-speed rails to be built starting this year, and the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima railway is one of them.