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Thirty-six private companies have expressed interest in bidding to build 5 dual-track rail routes worth a total of 95.8 billion baht through an e-auction.
The 36 companies bought bidding envelopes which were put on sale between Dec 14 - Jan 5.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will take representatives of the companies to see the building sites and convene a meeting to explain the projects to them in detail. Subsequently the companies will have 15 days to prepare and submit technical bids for consideration.
A list of the companies eligible to bid for the projects will be declared on Feb 20.
Bidding will be through e-auction on March 1-2. The list of those who have filed the lowest bids will be submitted to the SRT board and the cabinet for final approval.
Contracts were expected to be inked by the end of March, after which construction could start immediately.
The 5 dual-track rail routes up for tender include : the 169 kilometre Nakhon Pathom - Hua Hin tracks (median price - 19 billion baht); 116km Lop Buri - Pak Nampho route (23 billion baht); 132km Map Kabao - Chira junction (28 billion baht); 84km Hua Hin - Prachuap Khiri Khan (9.8 billion baht); and, 167km Prachuap Khiri Khan - Chumphon route (16 billion baht).