Kra canal

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The discussions of the opening of the kra canal

1677 The Kra Canal was first proposed on this year,during the reign of King Narai the Great

1793 project was revived by King Ramai's brother in during the early Rattanakosin period.

1858 King Rama III revived the project again.

1872-1882 It was followed by King Rama V.

1917 Next came King Rama VI, who looked at the project.

1960 The project was proposed by big businessman Chao Chaokwanyuen.

1982 Proposals from Admiral Amorn Sirikaya, Chumphol Silpa-archa and Yupha Udomsak.

The Nation, September 8, 2001

KRA CANAL PROPOSAL: Revival of dream urged

Ministry says full feasibility study should be launched

Malaysia backs canal go-ahead - Bangkok Post, May 10, 2002

The canal would be good for the region, even though Malaysia's own port business would suffer if it went ahead, Mr Mahathir told him. The project, which has been on and off the drawing board for many decades, became Gen Chavalit's political canvassing manifesto.

Chinese and Malaysian firms were keen to invest in the project, which was expected to take seven years and cost 800 billion baht. The feasibility study alone is costing the government 1.8 billion baht.

Finding out about Phuket Pass Project Limited - February 15, 2003

Phuket Pass Project Limited is the company that was given the contract for the expensive study of the Kra Canal Project. It first surfaced in the news on August 8, 2002 when it was reported the company would receive the canal study project.

The embarrassing Kra canal saga - July 7, 2003

The question of whether a canal is viable or not continues to be a moot point as the continuing murky subject of the expensive study drags on.

July 6, 2003

PPP was awarded the contract on Jan 17 by the national...