The first phase of Yangon-Mandalay railroad upgrading project covering a 166-mile session mostly lying in Bago Region south of Yangon was launched yesterday.
The four-year project will be implemented under Japanese ODA loan, and when completed travelling time between Yangon and Bago will take only an hour and between Bago and Mandalay, seven hours.
Seventy-two per cent of the 166-mile section is in Bago Region as it includes 46.25-mile Bago-Nyaunglaybin session and 73.25 Nyaunglaybin-Toungoo session totaling 119.5 miles.
At the launching ceremony held at Nyaunglaybin, Bago Region Chief Minister U Win Thein, Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar Mr Ichoro Maruyama and special envoy of Japan International Cooperation Agency-JICA Mr Masayuki Karasawa gave speeches. Also present were MPs, officials of Myanma Railways and the contractor company and local people.
—Hein Htet (IPRD) (Translated by TMT)