Inland Water Transport earning K1.5 mln a day from Yangon-Dala ferry service

Driving the cars onto a ferry boat running by the Inland Water Transport for Yangon-Dala trip.  Photo: Than soe
Driving the cars onto a ferry boat running by the Inland Water Transport for Yangon-Dala trip. 
Photo: Than soe

The Inland Water Transport (IWT) (Delta Division), under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, is earning over K1.5 million per day from the Yangon-Dala ferries.
“The IWT is mainly focusing on providing safe transportation in the rainy season. Yangon-Dala ferries usually run 14 rounds per day, and two vessels have been arranged for car transportation. The IWT is earning over K1.5 million per day from them,” said U Thein Myint, the General Manager of the Inland Water Transport (Delta Division).
The Royo 2 and 3 vessels run 14 rounds a day from 6 am to 7 pm for vehicles under six tons. The fees range between K2,500 and K6,000 per vehicle, K100 for local passengers, and K20,000 for foreigners. The ferries can carry 20 to 30 vehicles, including bicycles, motorbikes, trishaws, and cars.
With the number of passengers increasing in the high season (from October to March), the department is earning well through the Yangon-Dala ferry service, which is the main source of income for the department. Currently, one vessel is undergoing maintenance, and two are providing Yangon-Dala ferry services.
Normally, ferry services are suspended during the construction of river-crossing bridges, and the services were shut down completely for the construction of Thanlyin, Pyay-Nawaday, and Nyaungdon-Setkort bridges. If allowed, the IWT said it would continue to run the Yangon-Dala ferry for the public during bridge construction. — Than Htike (Translated by La Wonn)

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