25 March 2020
Pyidaungsh Hluttaw discussed about getting loans for Ministry of Transport and Communications from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the Republic of Korea.
The proposal to get loan of 40.604 billion yen from JICA was submitted to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and Hluttaw representatives presented their perspectives for this submission on the 28th day of Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 15th regular session.
This loan is to be used for Yangon-Mandalay Railway Improvement Project Phase I. Yangon-Mandalay Railway is being reconstructed in two phases: Yangon-Taungoo Section (Phase 1) and Taungoo-Mandalay Section (Phase 2). This is the third time-slot of getting loan for the Phase 1 project.
In Myanmar, the railway transport has started since 1877 with initial railway of Yangon-Pyay. In 1889, the railway network was connected to Mandalay. At present, there are 6,000 miles of railway within the country.
“It is in line with the logistic strategy for national transport master plan. It is a project, which supports the public transport so that there will be return-guarantee in long term. Railway transport is widely used even in the developing countries because railway and waterway transports are cheapest kinds of public transport. Moreover, I believe that as soon as the railway project has finished, the freight logistics will be improved incredibly.”, said U Soe Thein of Kayah State Constituency 9.
After the upgrading project, the speed of train can be increased from 64 km/hr to 100 km/hr, which is as the same as the allowed speed for highway road. And the duration will be reduced from 14 hours to maximum of 8 hours for the complete routine.
Hluttaw representatives suggested to be punctual, to make safety ensure, to provide good services and facilities, to prevent illegal ticketing, and to implement the convenient ticketing system. It was also presented to use the budget effectively and to make the consultancy processes transparent.
Another railway upgrading project is to upgrade the Gotauk-Mazar and Mawhan-Kardu posts of Mandalay-Myitkyina railway. For this project, it is to get loan of 125 million USD from Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the Republic of Korea.
“After the upgrading of Gotauk-Mazar and Mawhan-Kardu posts, the freight logistics will be smoother to support the socio-economics. In the past, the railways were so rough that the passengers were not convenient while riding the train. This project of upgrading Mandalay-Myitkyina railway, by getting 149 million USD loan from EDCF in addition with 24.061 million USD from national contributions, is carried out with the purpose of increasing speed of the train, reducing the transportation fee, provider smother transportation for passengers and freight, and upgrading stations and locomotives. It is the great job to do for the citizens.”, said U Nay Soe Aung of Wuntho Constituency.
The Hluttaw representatives suggest to make the North-South railway connectivity improve and to conduct effective monitoring and evaluation.
When the expressways are upgraded, it becomes competitive for the railway transportation. So, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is implementing the projects to make railway transportation sector improve by upgrading the railway and providing better services and facilities.
Thaw Tar Swe Zin
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