Improvement of Yangon-Mawlamyine railroad to be finlaised by 2019

MYANMA Railways (MR) said the improvement of Yangon-Mawlamyine railroad is estimated to be finalized by March 2019, according to the Myawady Daily issued on Sunday.
After completion the MR’s current undertaking railroad improvement projects between Yangon and Mawlamyine, high-speed trains will be run along the route in order to reduce travel time to 6 hours, said Engineer U Myo Zaw Tu of the MR.
In upgrading process, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is now upgrading 49.5 miles long railroad between Yangon and Bago. The MR’s business to upgrade 31 miles railroads from Bago to Sittaung Bridge and 32.5 miles from the bridge to Taungsoon Railway Station has already been finished.
The upgrading of 37-mile railroad between Taungsoon Station to Yannyein Station is expected to be completed next March and the improvement of 30-mile railroad from Yinnyein Station to Mawlamyine Station is scheduled for completion by 2019.
Under this project, old sleepers along Yangon-Mawlamyine railroad has been replaced with new ones produced from Mottama Concrete Sleeper Plant.
The MR is implementing the railroad improvement project on Yangon-Mawlamyine route with the aid of the JICA. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided loans to upgrade Yangon-Pyay railroad and Mandalay-Myitkyina railroad is being upgraded with financial aid of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).—GNLM

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