BANGKOK - A plan to build a Panama Canal-size waterway in Thailand, which would reshape maritime trade and deter piracy, has moved closer to implementation with the release of a study on what would become the largest infrastructure project ever.
The proposed canal would link the South China Sea with the Indian Ocean. It has been the subject of a $4 million multiyear study by a Tokyo-based foundation. The foundation recently completed a report that analyzes the logistics of constructing and funding the canal and argues the waterway should be built.
Potentially the largest public works project in history, the waterway would cross the Kra Isthmus, a 35-mile-wide area in southern Thailand.