Picture courtesy of Thai PBS World

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) slammed the brakes on the building of three bold mass transit initiatives, citing a crippling scarcity of funds.

As a substitute, the initiatives, the Silver, Gray, and Gentle Blue strains, will now be handed over to the Ministry of Transport for execution, leaving commuters in the Thai capital hanging in uncertainty.

The choice, rubber-stamped at a gathering of the BMA’s mass transit undertaking administration committee, throws a shadow over the much-anticipated Silver Line, a sprawling 19.7-kilometre route destined to hyperlink Bang Na with Suvarnabhumi Worldwide Airport.

With 14 stations on the playing cards, the line was poised to supply essential connectivity, intersecting with the Inexperienced Line at Bang Na station and the Yellow Line at Sri-iam station. But, goals of seamless journey are dashed as monetary woes derail the undertaking, a lot to the dismay of residents in Bangkok and Samut Prakan province, the place half of the route is located.

Equally, Part One of the Gray Line, spanning 16.3 kilometres from Watcharaphol to Thonglor, is left hanging in limbo. Designed to weave by way of 15 stations and combine with a slew of different strains, together with Pink, Brown, Yellow, Orange, and Inexperienced, its destiny now rests uncertainly in the fingers of the Ministry of Transport.

The Blue Line, a 9.5-kilometre lifeline from Din Daeng to Sathorn, faces an identical plight with its 9 stations, with anticipated connections at Ploenchit and Sala Dang stations.

Deputy Bangkok Governor Wisanu Subsompon, grappling with the harsh actuality of monetary constraints, conceded that the BMA merely lacks the fiscal muscle to materialise these grand transit visions. With different urgent initiatives on the docket, the administration is pressured to reassess priorities, focusing as an alternative on ventures deemed extra useful to the metropolis’s residents.

The lone survivor amidst the wreckage of deferred goals is the extension of the Inexperienced Line from Bang Wa to Taling Chan, spanning 7.5 kilometres at an estimated price of 7 billion baht, reported Thai PBS World.

But, even this beacon of hope is shrouded in uncertainty as negotiations unfold with the Division of Rural Roads for entry to essential building areas alongside Ratchapruek Highway. The destiny of the extension hangs in the stability, pending approval from Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt and scrutiny from the Land Visitors Administration Committee, chaired by none aside from the prime minister.

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