7 miles completed and the circular railway is on track with new carriages due next year: Myanma Railways
WITH just over 7 miles completed on the Yangon circular railway upgrade, Myanma Railways says the refurbishment of the 28-mile 945-kilometre) circuit is progressing well, with funding from the state budget contributing to station upgrades.
In July, the state-owned Myanma Railways announced it was using a US$200 million in development financing from Japan to upgrade the city’s circular line, aiming to speed up the daily commute and increase the number of services on the line.
About 73,000 people use Yangon’s only train line each day and in a bid to reduce traffic congestion in the capital, the rail operators say they want to more than triple that number, once the refurbishment is complete in 2019.
U Tin Myint, assistant manager from Myanma Railways, said that rail works are running to schedule and that K38 million had been set aside in the budget to contribute to the upgrade.
“For repairing the railways, upgrading the stations and raising the platforms we will implement using Myanama Railways budget,” he said. “We are working on this now. Starting from Pyay Road station to Danyingone station, we have finished 7 miles.”
The state contribution was needed to accommodate new carriages arriving late next year from Japan, he said.
“The weather in Myanmar is different to the weather in Japan,” he said. “The dust and rubbish along the railroads here affect the compressor. That’s why we will replace the carriages with brand-new carriages.”
A train gets set to depart from Yangon railway station.