Revealed during a recent briefing, the proposed transportation project to bolster Thailand’s western corridor is expected to stand at an estimated figure of 4.3 billion baht, according to Sarawut Songvilai, the director-general of the respective department. A massive undertaking, this project will see a significant expansion of the M9 western ring road that will surge from Bang Bua Thong, a bustling district in Nonthaburi, all the way to the rejuvenating landscapes of Pathum Thani’s Lad Lum Kaew district.
Upon receiving the green light of approval, the new section, an ambitious project, promises to fortify the M9’s western segment, ingeniously connecting Bang Bua Thong to the ancient city of Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa-in district. Once the final stone of construction is judiciously placed, the much-anticipated M9’s western section will blossom into a full-fledged motorway. This would effectively establish a key infrastructure artery that kindles a significant link between the vibrant western Bangkok and the charming northern territories.
An integral catalyst for urban development, land allocations for the proposed project are ready to pace with the construction schedules, announced Sarawut. The new motorway section comes as a promising platform that sees a seamless connection between the elevated motorway flooding from the cultural Bang Khun Thien to the lively squares of Bang Bua Thong at the beginning, while it finds its end at the cross-section of Bang Pa-in elevated motorway, leading towards the traditional Bang Pa-Saraburi-Nakhon Ratchasima motorway.
Ensuring a steady rise in progress, Sarawut has confirmed that the department will firmly approach the government for a whopping 2.22 billion baht in funding and a supplementary loan of 2.01 billion baht to fuel the construction. With plans set in place, upon approval, swift actions will be directed towards the Public Debt Management Office to allocate a loan for this promising, new and intricate project, Sarawut assured.
Injecting life into the Thai infrastructure, on October 3, the Cabinet had previously given a nod of agreement in principle to a colossal 46 projects under the department’s umbrella. These hefty investment initiatives come with an attached budget totaling 91.64 billion baht. The construction is slated to commence next year, promising a completion year bustling with activity in 2026. Of the total proposed budget, a substantial 18.33 billion baht is scheduled to be provided from the financial envelope earmarked for the 2024 fiscal year.