Cambodia Railway Contractor in safety scandal
The contractor in charge of rebuilding Cambodia’s national railway has been cutting corners on the health and safety of its workers, according to a report published yesterday by the Asian Development Bank. TSO-AS & Nawarath, a French-Thai joint venture, was reportedly found to have grossly violated health and safety requirements at workers’ camps along both the northern and southern rail lines.The report details, among other infractions, the deep pits and quarries left behind by TSO workers as they dig soil and stone for use in other areas of a construction site.
China will invest in Thailand’s high-speed train
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Wednesday reported to the Cabinet the success of his recent visit to China, saying that the neighbour to the north has agreed to invest in Thailand’s first high-speed railway and provide funding to the development on the Thai rail link system.
Thailand Infrastructure investments came to the fore in 2009
Infrastructure investments came to the fore in 2009 because Thailand’s THB1.9trn (US$57bn) four-year stimulus plan is heavily geared towards infrastructure. The government is keen to promote private-sector funds in the infrastructure sector, to complement its own allocations.