Orange Line bid on ice due to legal woes

Orange Line bid on ice due to legal woes

MRTA has thirty days to appeal decision

Saksayam: Waiting for decision report
Saksayam: Waiting for decision report

The Ministry of Transport has purchased the Mass Fast Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) to put the brakes in the second round of bidding for the subway system’s Orange Line western extension that is scheduled to take place upon July 27.

The order came after the Administrative Court last Thursday night ruled the MRTA’s cancellation of the 1st round of putting in a bid was unlawful.

The suit was filed from the Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC) against the MRTA as well as the committee selected below Section 36 from the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Act.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said on Tuesday  the ministry is waiting for the MRTA’s court choice report after the court ruled to cancel the bidding for that PPP on the Lemon Line’s western expansion from Bang Khun Non to Min Buri.

Mr Saksayam said the ministry will certainly study the decision to find out what the MRTA should do next, but this individual said it has 30 days to launch an appeal.

A source said the particular ministry has sailed the idea of resolving the situation by instructing the particular MRTA to defer receiving bid papers for the second round on July twenty-seven, and not open them until Aug 1 .

That delay would give the particular MRTA time to request the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) about related legal issues to ensure the upcoming bid is fair.

To that end, the ministry is determined to find a swift solution by resetting the bidding procedure so all celebrations are satisfied, the particular ministry source mentioned. As such, the second round should also be cancelled the source added.

The ministry’s policy was also elevated at an MRTA board meeting chaired by Department of Roads Director-General Sarawut Songsivilai on Monday. The final results will be reported back before another meeting is held to choose the committee under Section 36 from the PPP Act.

The thirty-five. 9-km Orange Series comprises two stretches: one runs from the Thailand Cultural Center to Min Buri on the eastern collection (22. 5km) as the western section (13. 4km) runs within the other direction from your same centre to Bang Khun Non.

Several 27km of the route is underground while 8. 9km is elevated. There are 28 planned stations at risk.