Bring the public train service back on track

Public transport system and electrification are two major needs for the daily life of the people.
The coronavirus pandemic has jeopardized the long-term health of the public transit systems that provide a crucial circulatory system for towns and cities— particularly for lower-income residents who depend on trains and buses to get to work, the market or the doctor.
Before being recovered from the shadow of the pandemic, the public transportation system was hit again by the CDM movement.
The running of train service has been stopped since 8th February morning following a group of people arrived at the Yangon Railway Station and intimidated the employees of the Myanmar Railways to join the Civil Disobedience Movement-CDM.
The attempts to restore the train service on 13 February were hindered by the employees joining CDM, their families and other people.
In fact, public service cuts punish those who need public transportation the most.

Public transportation services are essential for the smooth flow of goods and trading, which people rely on for their livelihood.

We need to restore and maintain the public transportation services as most people are relying on public train services which is a key part of the infrastructure in urban areas that allows people to maximize their potential.
Public transportation services are essential for the smooth flow of goods and trading, which people rely on for their livelihood.
With the no running of commuter train service in Yangon, the metropolitan city of our country, thousands of lower-income people living in outskirts of the city are facing inconvenience.
Hence, those who fail to do their duty during this emergency period should understand that they are violating the civil service law, and it is worth facing the action under the law. Those who lead the CDM will also face legal action. Those who are still absent are urged to return to their units and to perform their duty.
Meanwhile, as there will be no immediate end to the lingering effects of the pandemic, authorities concerned need to ensure trains resume in accordance with the COVID-19 health guidelines.
It’s essential that the most important public transit service must be put on track.

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