Water taxi ten­der to draw for­eign bids

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

THE Yan­gon Re­gion Trans­port Author­ity (YRTA) is ex­pect­ing in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal firms to bid for a ten­der to build a water taxi sys­tem.

The YRTA started ac­cept­ing ten­der ap­pli­ca­tions on Novem­ber 21 and the win­dow to bid will re­main open un­til De­cem­ber 26.

“We’re giv­ing over one month for ap­pli­ca­tions ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards be­cause the ap­pli­cants will in­clude for­eign­ers and joint ven­ture com­pa­nies,” said U Maung Aung.

Union and lo­cal govern­ment ten­ders in ear­lier years were of­ten crit­i­cised for fall­ing short of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, which in­cluded few short ap­pli­ca­tion win­dows.

The ten­der is to build and run a water taxi sys­tem on the Hlaing River and Nga Moe Yeik Creek, as part of the Yan­gon Re­gion govern­ment’s plan to re­duce pres­sure on Yan­gon’s of­ten grid-locked streets.

The Hlaing River taxi sys­tem is likely to be up and run­ning first, be­cause there are al­ready us­able jet­ties on that stretch of water, said U Maung Aung. But there will need to be at least two new ones built, he added.

Nga Moe Yeik Creek on the other hand will need a se­ries of new jet­ties. The Yan­gon Re­gion govern­ment will de­cide on the lo­ca­tion of the jet­ties. But for both ar­eas jetty con­struc­tion will be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the ten­der win­ner(s), U Maung Aung added.

Af­ter YRTA has cho­sen the win­ners, it will con­duct a pi­lot sur­vey to de­cide to how many taxis are needed.

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