Six Japan DEMU coaches reach Yangon today


Six Japan-made Diesel-Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) train coaches which will be operated on Yangon–Mandalay railway route reached Yangon on 4 September, according to Myanma Railways. These DEMU coaches will be run for the first time in Myanmar upon completion of upgrading project on Yangon–Mandalay railway route. Japan sent the new DEMU coaches to Myanmar on 21 August 2020 through Niigata jetty. MR upgraded Yangon-Mandalay railway project spending JICA ODA loans. Upon completion of
the project, the new DEMU coaches will be operated on Yangon-Mandalay railway route. MR has already bought 24 DEMU coaches from Japan.
At present, 32 coaches have arrived in Yangon region, and MR has planned to operate them on Yangon circular railway. The new coaches bought with the Japan loans will also be operated on Yangon-Mandalay railway after trial. The six upper-class coaches bought with Korea loans are being operated along Yangon-Mandalay railway route. Myanmar has bought 100 coaches, including upper-class coaches and ordinary class coaches, spending US$ 45 million. Myanma Railways (MR) has upgraded the Yangon-Mandalay railway spending JICA ODA loans and the national fund. MR has targeted to complete 166-mile-long Yangon-Toungoo railway project in 2022 and 219-mile-long Toungoo-Mandalay project in 2023.—Zin Yaw Aye (Translated by Hay Mar)

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