Yangon circular railroad to receive 100 new air-conditioned cars within year

More than 100,000 people (about three per cent of more than six million population of Yangon) rely on the circular trains for their daily  transportation needs.—Photo Aye Min Soe
More than 100,000 people (about three per cent of more than six million population of Yangon) rely on the circular trains for their daily transportation needs.—Photo Aye Min Soe

Yangon, 24 March— Myanma Railways has bought about 100 air conditioned coaches from Japan to replace ordinary cars currently in use on Yangon’s circular railroad, a Ministry of Rail Transportation official said.
The Ministry, which controls the railway operator, spent $207 million of ODA loans from Japan to buy the coaches, he added.
The coaches will arrive in Myanmar in September and the ministry will complete the replacement in 2015.
The Japanese government has also given some 15 air conditioned trains to Myanmar as a gift.
Myanma Railways currently operates about 23 ordinary trains and four AC trains on Yangon’s circular railroad.
The US$2.5 billion Yangon Central Railway Station comprehensive project is in the pipeline as part of the ministry’s push to improve rail transportation systems.
To implement the project, Myanma Railways is working together with an international consulting firm to decide whether the project should be undertaken as a joint venture or on a build-operate-transfer basis.
MR plans to carry out the development on more than 62 acres close to Yangon Central Railway Station.
The government pays some K40-45 billion in annual subsidies to Myanma Railways.—GNLM

Share this post
Hot News
Hot News