Transport Minister Sophon Saram has revised the cost of the controversial NGV bus-leasing deal down from Bt69 billion to Bt64 billion as he awaits Cabinet approval today.
"Since last year, there have been questions about this project's pricing etc. We have to answer all of them, and if they can be answered, then things can move ahead," Abhisit said. He was in South Korea for a special Asean-South Korea meeting.
Meanwhile, Suthep said there was nothing unusual about the bus-leasing deal, which has been revised over the past two or three weeks after the Transport Ministry had been told by the Cabinet to do so.
I have crunched the numbers. It roughly comes out to $500K for each bus.
I have shopped around. Most buses I have seen are in the 350-400K range for one bus. US prices, not Chinese or Eastern European cheapie buses, but the ones used in US mass transit systems.
4000 buses would get anybody a discount.
What makes me angry to no end is that this bus contract could have gone to public bid with all of the BMTA terms and conditions and probably would have received a good deal in this current economic climate.
4000 buses is a huge order that many NGV bus companies would salivate over.
What is so typically shitty about the Thai media, notably the ever so shitty Nation, is that it doesn't even bother to crunch the numbers or do some shopping around to find out how other mass transit bus systems handled their purchase of NGVs.
The only good thing that is coming out from this NGV deal is that some in the media are finally awaking from their delusions that Abhisit is the reincarnation of the Buddha.