According to the reports the senior officials have underscored the Thai government’s clear rejection of plans to build a canal crossing the Kra Isthmus in southern Thailand. It has been stated that it won’t happen because it’s not feasible according to the then-director general of the Marine Department told IHS Maritime. Further, the second problem is the cost of the project which failed to bring sufficient returns although if built it would make Asia-Europe shipping routes three to five days faster by cutting out the need to go via Singapore and its congested waters. Moreover, the cost of investment when we consider the return is not worth it.
In this context, further it has been revealed that there would be another plan to boost investment at ports on the southern coasts, the Andaman Sea on the west, and the Gulf of Thailand on the east to connect them with land infrastructure to allow goods to move across Thailand.
It has been narrated by Sukmanop that there is going to be a railway and plans for a rail network connecting the two ports, Satun on the Andaman and Songkhla on the Gulf of Thailand had been submitted with an environmental impact assessment for the project pending.
Furthermore, Sukmanop’s remarks follow a statement on the official news agency National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had brushed aside rumors of a Thailand-China deal to build a canal through the Kra Isthmus. No bilateral talks have ever been held on the matter, the statement added.
It has been also revealed by Thai foreign minister Tanasak Patimapragorn about the idea of dismiss. It was confirmed that Thailand and China have never discussed the matter on a bilateral basis, adding that the government would need to consider it with the utmost discretion should it ever be proposed, as added by NNT.