GEORGE TOWN: A 14km bridge linking Perlis and Satun in southern Thailand is on the cards.
Satun governor Pattarapol Ratanapichetchai said Thailand’s Ministry of Internal Security has approved the RM1bil project and if everything goes as planned, it’s expected to be inked next year.
“Currently, it is still at discussion stage but if all goes well, we believe that a Memorandum of Understanding can be signed next year.
“Construction will take about two years depending on the blueprint,” he said during a Satun delegation courtesy call on Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce at the PCCC building in Light Street yesterday.
Pattarapol said the Perlis government had expressed interest in the project.
“Perlis has allocated a piece of land as the entry point for the bridge.
“The blueprint and the design structure have yet to be finalised, but it is approximately 14km long connecting Satun to Kuala Perlis.
“The link can reduce travelling time by about one and a half hours,” he said, adding that the bridge would also generate business opportunities and boost tourism.
PCCC president Datuk Seri Choot Ewe Seng said the visit could foster bilateral ties, commerce and tourism between Satun and Penang.