By Nyein Nyein
Yangon Circular Railway operated by Myanma Railways (MR) provides service only during peak hours while it has temporarily halted the service on some routes, according to No. 7 Division of MR. Yangon Circular Railway is set to ply two times each during the morning and evening rush hours on Yangon-Hlawga, Yangon-Mingalardon and Yangon-Ywarthagyi routes beginning on 21 September.
However, two trains (B/3 and B/4) earlier running clockwise (right) and two trains (A/4 and A/5) running counter-clockwise (left) in the afternoon have temporarily suspended from 21 September. Earlier, Yangon circular railway network, connecting the satellite towns and suburban areas to the city, ran 54 rounds per day. In a bid to control the spread of coronavirus, MR slashed its service of passenger trains.
Additionally, MR continues to run on the main six routes in the country amid the declining passengers feared by the surges in coronavirus cases, coupled with travel restriction in line with the health guidelines by National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, the service was temporarily paused on other routes on 12 September, as per the notification released by No. 7 Division (Yangon). Those six principal routes with the available trains are Yangon-Mandalay route with No.3 and 4 (up and down) trains, Mandalay-Myitkyina with No 41 and 42 (up and down) trains, Yangon-Pyay with No. 63 and 64 (up and down) trains, Nay Pyi Taw-Chauk with No. 101 and 102 (up and down) trains and Mandalay-Lashio with No. 131 and 132 (up and down) trains. Cargo trains and mail trains will keep running on Yangon-Mandalay and Mandalay-Myitkyina routes. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)