Sino-Thai wins 2nd contract of mass transit bid for B15.3 bln


Thailand’s third biggest builder, Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc (STECON) on Thursday won a tender to build a northwestern part of  the “Purple Line” mass transit project with the lowest bid of 15.32 cialis online pharmacy billion baht.

According to Chaisit Gururatana, assistant governor of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) who is the chairman of the bidding committee, STECON’s bid for the 11-kilometre rail system defeated the closest contenders, the country’s second biggest builder Ch Karnchang Plc which offered 15.6 billion baht and the biggest builder Italian-Thai Development Plc which offered 16.35 billion baht.

Chaisit disclosed that the MRTA would soon negotiate with STECON in an effort to bring down the contract price to about 12.6 billion baht as earlier estimated by the agency.

The bid won by STECON is the second contract for the construction of 11-kilometre elevated train line, with eight train stations, from Phra Nang Klao Bridge to Klong Bang Phai in Bang Yai district of Nonthaburi Province, and the construction of a bridge crossing Chao Phraya River, south of Phra Nang Klao Bridge.

The first contract, won by Ch Karnchang and Tokyu Construction joint venture (CKTC) in January, for the construction of 12-kilometre train line from Bang Sue, the northern end of existing subway train service operated by Bangkok Metro Plc, to Tao Poon and from Tao Poon to Phra Nang Klao Bridge and the construction of eight train stations along the line.

The MRTA is expected to sign the first contract with CKTC next month after the agency had successfully negotiated with CKTC to lower the first contract from about 16.72 billion to 14.9 billion baht.

Meanwhile, the bids for the third contract of the Purple Line will be opened next week, for the construction of a maintenance centre in Bang Yai and four park-and-ride buildings at Nonthaburi Intersection station, Tha It station, Bang Yai station and Klong Bang Phai station.

The Purple Line is a part of the mass transit system proposed for Bangkok and its vicinities by the Commission for the Management of Land Traffic (CMLT) in February 2004. And in November 2007, the Cabinet approved in principle to develop the Purple Line (Bang Yai – Bang Sue) with the estimated cost of about 56 billion baht.