The government is pinning hopes for economic revival in the Northeast on transportation infrastructure, expediting programs to build roads, rail lines and airports.
Such infrastructure will be a key tool stimulate the economy, especially tourism and border trade, the government said.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday assigned the Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob to follow up on the construction of roads, rail and air facilities in Issan.
The infrastructure being constructed comprises the 196 kilometer-long Bang Pa-In-Nakhon Ratchasima motorway, the 202-km. Nakhon Ratchasima-Khon Kaen road, the sixth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge linking Ubon Ratchathani and Salawan, and connections with dual-track and high-speed train systems.
As for the rail system, there will be a high-speed track from Bangkok-Nhongkai, nine routes of dual-track rail, which will facilitate transport in from Bangkok to this region and within the region itself.
Meanwhile, the air transport-development plan will upgrade nine airports, comprising five dedicated to flights to neighboring countries, three for secondary-tourism cities and one airport for sports tourism promotion.