Myanma Railways to acquire China-made rail coaches in 80 million yuan deal

National railway company Myanma Railways will be purchasing China-made railway coaches under a recently signed deal, an official of the Myanma Railways tells The Myanmar Times.

Under the deal, Myanma Railways will purchase 28 air-sprung coaches with an interest-free loan of 80 million yuan (K16.4 billion) from China,” said Myanma Railways Project Manager U Than Tun Aung.

The agreement for the purchase was signed during the visit by China’s President Xi Jinping to Myanmar last month

The deal will see the purchase of 14 upper class and 14 ordinary class coaches, U Than Tun Aung said, adding that the loan has a maximum term of 25 years.

“Before we made the agreement, we submitted standards that we want and detailed information to China and put these conditions in the contract. We will inspect the carriages according to the contract,” he said.

U Than Tun Aung said as people like China-made air spring coaches, which were bought with Chinese loan of US$ 94.53 million and are currently used at No.5 Up Train and No.6 Down Train that run Yangon-Mandalay railroad section, they bought these kind of carriages second time.

“The carriages are based on a type that are popular with passengers, so we will raise the number in use,” U Than Tun Aung said, adding that construction of the coaches has begun and they are expected to be delivered by January next year.

He said it has not been decided yet which routes the coaches will be used for.

In similar deal last year, Myanma Railways acquired100 carriages from South Korea and 20 carriages have already been delivered. The 20 carriages will be used on the Mandalay-Myitkyina route, U Than Tun Aung said. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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