Rails for Yangon-Mandalay track arrive in Myanmar

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Workers load rails onto a freight train from a cargo vessel at the Sule Jetty in Yangon on 11 September 2020.  Photo: Pwint Thitsar

Rails for upgrading Yangon-Mandalay railway track were unloaded at the Sule Jetty in Yangon yesterday morning. The 2,995.270 tonnes of 82-ft long rails were imported by a cargo shipment from the Tokyu Construction of Japan. The rails have been imported by the 7 cargo vessels up to now and the remaining rails will be carried by the two vessels. The rails were conveyed to the Ywar Thar Gyi dry port before sending to Ottwin Township which is close to the road section of Nyaunglebin-Taungoo (CP-103).
Assistant Manager (Logistic) U Kyaw Kyaw Oo from Myanma Railways said, “The rails will be sent to Ottwin Township by six coaches of trains.” Upgrade of Yangon-Mandalay railway will need a large value of investment, and that it is being implemented in tow phases. The first phase covers 166 mile long from Yangon to Taungoo, and the second phase is 219.5 miles from Taungoo to Mandalay.—Pwint Thitsar (Translated by Aung Khin)

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