7 miles com­pleted and the cir­cu­lar rail­way is on track with new car­riages due next year: Myanma Railways

The Myanmar Times - - Business - AYE NYEIN WIN ayenyein­win@mm­times.com

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.”

Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing

A train gets set to de­part from Yan­gon rail­way sta­tion.

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