BANGKOK, 14 May 2012 – Deputy Bangkok Governor Theerachon Manomaipiboon has insisted that the extension of the skytrain contract between the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited (BTSC) for another 30 years is legitimate.
The operation contract for the BTS Skytrain was recently awarded to BTSC, the current contractor, for another 30 years by the BMA. The move has prompted the Pheu Thai-led government to call for relevant authorities to conduct an investigation into the contract, in which it claimed to have found some irregularities.
However, Mr. Theerachon has responded to the accusation by affirming that the BMA will clarify any doubts surrounding the contract’s legitimacy and will submit detailed explanations to Parliament, the Transport Ministry and the media to prove its transparency. The Deputy Bangkok Governor pointed out that the BMA has the absolute power by law to make the decision whether to continue hiring BTSC or not, without having to seek permission from the Ministry of Interior.
The contract extension for BTSC, he said, has received approval from the Bangkok Metropolitan Council. He added that the recent study by the BMA has also revealed that this will help the authority save up to 6 billion baht in transport budget and will only yield benefits for the Thai people.
(NNT : NUPPOL SUVANSOMBUT)