IWT 2 ferry lines reopen as per regular schedule

A jetty in Yangon is seen on 21 July 2020. The Inland Water Transport (IWT) is resuming ferry service to Ayeyawady from Yangon.  Photo : Thant Zin Win
A jetty in Yangon is seen on 21 July 2020. The Inland Water Transport (IWT) is resuming ferry service to Ayeyawady from Yangon.  Photo : Thant Zin Win

Two ferry lines from the Inland Water Transport (IWT) (Delta Division) and two private ferry lines operating in Yangon and Ayeyawady Delta region are now reportedly resuming as per regular schedule while the remaining ferry lines except cargo ferries are still under suspension since the outbreak of the coronavirus infection. “Only two ferry lines including Yangon- Kyonmangay ferry line that operates on Saturdays and Yangon-Kyarkan ferry line that operates on Thursday have been running after the Water Festival. The remaining ferries are still suspended. The Cherry ferries cruising between Pansodan and Dala are running 46 crossings per day. Two Z-crafts running between Yangon and Dala are operating 16 routes daily, said Assistant General Manager U Hla Win Naing of the IWT Delta Division with the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The private pontoons operating between Mawgyun and Bogale are carrying 200 or 300 passengers daily. From 7 June to 15 July, the ferries cooperated with the Health Department to conduct the medical-related checks in the early morning. But now, there are no more medical-related tests. Now, people are travelling as usual. Some vessels operating between Pyapon and Kyaiklat are running alternatively. But they do not ask for higher fares. The remaining ferries are still suspended, said U Thein Naing Oo, a member of Private Vessels Supervisory Committee.
The ferries are running in Pathein, Pyapon, Kyaiklat, Mawlamyinegyun and Kyonmangay towns. Because of the spreading of coronavirus, the operation of passenger’s vessels except cargo vessels have been suspended temporarily starting from the last week of March.—Thant Zin Win (Translated by Hay Mar)

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