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The Ministry of Transport would spend one billion baht on a transport project to build ferry ports in the Gulf of Thailand, if approved by the National Council for Peace and Order.
Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong said in the eastern coast, the Lam Bali Hai in Pattaya and the Khuk Samet Pier in Chonburi are the two prime locations to construct ferry ports. The minister explained that the piers have a railway connecting to Pattaya, and the capacity to handle a large influx of tourists.
ACM Prajin added that additional surveys will be conducted for another two suitable locations in the western coast at Cha-Am district of Phetchaburi province and Pranburi district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
Initially, the project is expected to cost a billion baht and is likely to be a public private partnership campaign.
He said a comprehensive plan will be drafted within July and will be proposed to the National Council for Peace and Order the following month. Once approved, the ministry will be responsible for the project. Construction of the ferry ports is expected to start next year and would be finished the following year.