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The Asian Panama Canal
Kra Canal

Countdown to resurrection

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May - June 2009

After more than three centuries in the works, Southeast Asia’s mother of all mega projects remains dormant. Signs have emerged pointing to the reactivation of the multi-billion dollar project, sooner than expected.

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The Saga of Kra Canal
Reviving the mother of all mega projects
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REVIVING THE MOTHER
OF ALL MEGA PROJECTS

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When there is a political will, there will be a way

For more than 300 years, many an attempt has been made to construct a canal linking the Adaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand at the Isthmus of Kra in southern Thailand. Dozens of feasibility have been done but the Kra Canal remains what it has always been – just a project.
Some sceptics call it a pipe-dream. Each time the proposal to start the project or to resurrect it, it was brought down for reasons of national security and cost, or because of corruption and lack of transparency.

Yet the idea continues to sell. Recently, there have been renewed attempts to reactivate the mother of all mega projects. Assuming the long-running political strife in Thailand finally subsides, and considering the leverage economic the project can bring about in times of global crisis, it is tantalising for the Thai government to revive the long-dormant project.

 

 

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