10 air-conditioned train carriages arrive in Myanmar

YANGON- A vessel carrying 10 new air-conditioned train carriages and spare parts, bought under a loan from South Korea, arrived in Thilawa Jetty, Yangon, on January 7th, according to the sources.

Myanma Railways (MR) signed a contract agreement with the Dawonsys Company to buy 100 new modernized train carriages on December 5th, 2018.

The Ministry will use a US$ 45 million loan from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the EXIM Bank to buy the train carriages.

“We are going to buy 100 new modernized rail carriages under the EDCF loan of Korea EXIM Bank. Fourty upper-class train carriages out of 100 are being built in South Korea. The remaining ordinary class train carriages will be built in Myitnge train carriage factory in Myanmar. Now, 10 air-conditioned rail carriages and spare parts arrive in Jetty. We plan to use newly rail carriages at Yangon-Mandalay railroad section,” said an unidentified official from MR.

The South Korean delegation led by Kim Hyun Mee, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport met with Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister for Transportation and Communications on March 15th.

Both sides discussed the buying of modernized train carriages from South Korea, the modernization of Mandalay-Myitkyina railroad, the development of Twantay canal and the cooperation in the aviation sector.

Myanmar is cooperating not only with South Korea but also with Japan in Yangon circular railroad upgrading project and the upgrading process of Yangon-Mandalay railroad.

Moreover, Myanmar and Japan will cooperate in Hanthawaddy airport project, it announced.

A total of US$2.7 billion from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be used to upgrade Yangon-Mandalay railroad under a five-year plan from 2018 to 2023.

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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