Thailand’s OTP takes the high street for Andaman tourism boost

The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) in Thailand lately introduced a forthcoming influence examine concerning a proposed coastal road challenge linking the provinces of Ranong and Satun to spice up Andaman tourism.
The proposed two-lane highway, masking a distance of 600 kilometres, is designed to notably enhance the ease of entry for vacationers to key attractions unfold throughout six different provinces – these being Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, and Satun, relayed Punya Chupanit, who’s at the helm of OTP.
In addition to offering smoother travel, the proposed venture additionally intends to include parking areas, recreational areas, viewpoint stops and a motorbike lane, in a bid to include an eco-friendly journey choice. As per Chupanit, the workplace is currently in search of a consultant to spearhead the research.
The green sign for the Ranong-Satun highway venture came from the Cabinet back within the latter part of 2021. Following approval, the Transport Ministry assigned the task of conducting a comprehensive feasibility research to OTP. The study would encompass detailed venture planning as nicely as a vital environmental impression assessment (EIA).
To finance Authority , a considerable price range of 80.seventy five million baht has been allotted. Chupanit explained that the great research would extend over a period of 1 and a half years.
Confirming the timeline, he clarified…

“If the contract is signed off this month, the feasibility examine can kick-start subsequent month with an estimated completion date around March 2025.”

Three public hearings are scheduled to take place as per the OTP director. These hearings will serve to ask locals, provincial administrative organisations and chambers of commerce to supply their enter and perspective.
Post the competition of the research, the findings will be presented to the Transport Ministry for endorsement from the Cabinet.
The implementation of the project shall be managed by the Department of Highways in alliance with the Department of Rural Roads. Chupanit mentioned that the Department of Rural Roads has prior experience since they collaborated with the Transport Ministry for the Thailand Riviera venture.
This latter venture, which was proposed in 2022, was pushed by the objective to supply a boost to Andaman tourism..

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