“Pride Thai” joins with “Consumer Council-TDRI-Academics” united in opposition to the Green Line concession “Siripong”, pointing out that “transportation” will definitely walk out if picked up for consideration. and repeatedly sued the Administrative Court on the side of “Consumer Council-TDRI-Academics” shocked and disappointed that the state still pushed to submit to the Cabinet
May 31, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. Foundation for Consumers and the Consumers Organization Council held a forum via electronic media with the “Zoom” program, opposing the introduction of the extension of the concession contract for the MRT Green Line will be included as an urgent agenda for the Cabinet (Cabinet) to consider and approve at the meeting On Tuesday, June 1, 2021
with Ms. Sari Ongsomwang, Secretary-General of the Consumer Organizations Council, Mr. Siripong Angkasakulkiat Member of the House of Representatives Sisaket Province, District 1, Bhumjaithai Party, Dr. Sumet Ongkittikul, Director of Transport and Logistics Policy Research at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Assoc. Lecturer at Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology Thammasat University and Mr. Kongsak Chuenkrailat, Mass Transit Project Coordinator Consumer Foundation Participate in this discussion
“Transportation – Pride Thai” to Walk Out – Make the Administrative Court
Starting with Mr. Siripong said that in the Ministry of Transport that the Pride Thai Party takes care of Which disagreed with bringing the matter into the Cabinet has submitted a letter of objection. to the prime minister Regarding the completeness of the concession contract. And why the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration cannot pay the debt? Therefore, the debt was transferred to the private sector. He can also transfer the debt to the private sector or not. Including issues in the law that Bangkok has set up a company that is a state enterprise that is being sued, the name of Krungthep Thanakom Company and to hire other companies to run Is it a legal evasion?
However, if it is included as an urgent agenda, the Cabinet will consider and approve. thought the Ministry of Transport would not participate in any consideration. As for themselves, they may have to file a lawsuit at the Administrative Court again.
“Consumer-TDRI” disappointed by the government.
On the other hand, Ms. Sari Ong Somwang said she was shocked and disappointed that the extension of the concession contract for the Green Line train would be included as an urgent agenda for the Cabinet to consider. Tomorrow (1 June 2021) what would you like to see in the resolution? The Cabinet will benefit consumers. In particular, the price must be lower than 44 baht because it is a contract renewal and confirms 25 baht. Bangkok still has a profit of 23,200 million baht.
In addition, it is hoped that there will be a delay in the renewal of the MRT Green Line contract. and set up a working group from all sectors involved in considering the problem to find a solution together. And if tomorrow, in the cabinet resolution, the government insists on collecting 65 round trip 130 baht or 40 % of the minimum wage. The government should not be the government. because it does not maintain the interests of the people Which the government has a duty to maintain benefits, not a duty to burden the people for another 38 years
Dr. Sumet Ongkittikul said that he was disappointed that the agency would take the matter of renewing the Green Line concession contract as an urgent agenda. Even without revealing details and amending the contract and charging 65 baht throughout the line without considering other options to compare that many parties have proposed but also took the same story Draft the original concession contract, which did not disclose details. Including the stated fare of 65 baht, there is no origin to go. to be included as an urgent agenda in the Cabinet
In addition, in his view, he would like to see Bangkok’s electric trains in the same system as in other countries. Because in the past, the government was the Ministry of Transport and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to develop separate projects in different networks. causing problems that follow and the fare will be more expensive When there are more train routes in the future
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Charlie Charoenlarpnopparat said he did not agree to extend the concession contract for 30 years and charge a fare of 65 baht throughout the line because the actual cost is only 13 baht per trip. Therefore, when the concession contract expires in 2029, the collection 25 baht, so it is possible Because there is no cost structure. In addition, BTS also has other income such as advertising from all channels. He also noted why he rushed to bring it to the Cabinet when people were paying attention to the COVID-19 vaccine.
For Mr. Kongsak Chuenkrailat said that the Foundation for Consumers Has come out to demand that the fares are expensive, asking to keep 25 baht throughout the line and delay the renewal of the concession contract without haste. Because there are still 8 years left until the contract expires. However, I would like to set up a team to work together to bring accurate information that is useful to consumers to discuss.
“In April The prime minister had come out to talk about the electric train that must take into account the hardships of the people This is considered a pledge, if tomorrow the Cabinet has a resolution that the concession contract will be renewed. It would have to join with MP Siripong that we will go to the Administrative Court and we will stop this matter. and proceeding to sue the Administrative Court for sure,” Mr Kongsak said.