Now, all 5 municipals around Greater Khon Kaen city (Khon kaen city, Mueang Sila own, Mueang Khao town, Samran town and Tha phra town) which have form KKTS Consortium have sign MOA to implement Red Line LRT with CKKM-CRRC CONSORTIUM which consists of the following Thai companies and Chinese Companies including :
1. Ch Thawee PCL
2. Khon kaen Ch. Thawee C(1993),
3. KTech Building Contractors Co., Ltd
4. Mobility as a Service Co.,Ltd
5. CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Co.,Ltd
6. Singapore CRRC Puzhen Railway Vehicles Service Pte. Ltd.
Ch Thawee PCL and CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Co.,Ltd would handle the financial resources to implement this red line from Samran to Tha Phra to feed KKTS.
KKTS would negotiate with Highway Department and Rice institute of Khon kaen to transfer the land along Friendship Highway and the rice research institute within a year after signing MOA while issuing the licenses and NTP to deal with construction of red line LRT.
After signing MOA with CKKM-CRRC CONSORTIUM [Ch. Thawee PCL and CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Co. Ltd.] for the construction of Red Line LRT from Samran to Tha Phra with the distance of 26 km and 20 stations (12 stations at grade and 8 elevated stations), KKTS (Khonkaen Transystem) and 5 municipals of Khon kaen city and vicinity are going to do the land expropriation to be done in 2022 along with finding the creditor to finance this project to pay the contractors so as to start the construction in 2022 and done to be done in December 2025 and opened in early 2026. Both land expropriation and financial resource must be acquired by July 2022.
Governor of Khon kaen has sent the letter to Minister of Interior to ask for coordinations from Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Transportation for the land transfers from both Khon Khaen Rice Research for Depot and highway Department to realize this project to set the examples for other cities to follow.
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