Urging the Government to Proceed
A coalition MP from the United Thai Nation (UTN) Party recently expressed the importance of continuing with the southern land bridge megaproject during a House meeting. Wichai Sudsawat, a UTN MP for Chumphon, highlighted his concerns about the project’s future and the potential impact on the livelihoods of people in his constituency. He urged the prime minister and cabinet ministers to prioritize the megaproject, as it could bring economic prosperity to the entire region.
Previous Government’s Vision
The southern land bridge project was initially conceived by the previous government as part of the UTN’s plan to enhance connectivity in various areas, including connections between land and marine infrastructure. The project aims to bring economic prosperity to the southern region, addressing many of the issues faced by the local population.
The proposed bridge project is an essential component of the southern corridor, which comprises parts of Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces. According to MP Wichai Sudsawat, this project would facilitate the movement of freight between Prachuap Khiri Khan and the southernmost region, significantly benefiting the people living in these areas.
Concerns Raised by Transport Minister
Despite the potential benefits, Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit recently expressed concerns about the project, specifically the high investment costs and other factors that must be considered. These factors include environmental concerns and cost-effectiveness, both of which could impact the project’s feasibility and ultimate success.
Connecting the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand
The southern bridge project, if completed, would connect the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand through Ranong and Chumphon provinces. This connection would not only enhance regional connectivity, but also promote economic growth and prosperity throughout the region.
As discussions around the southern land bridge megaproject continue, it is crucial for the government and stakeholders to weigh the potential benefits against the concerns raised by the Transport Minister. The project’s future will depend on careful consideration of all aspects, including the potential impact on the environment, cost-effectiveness, and most importantly, the well-being of the people living in the affected areas.