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Transport authorities prioritise railway project

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The Yangon circular railroad project includes preliminary engineering, embankment maintenance and a proper drainage system. Photo: GNLM/Phoe Khwar

A RAILWAY project to improve five important railroad sections, including the Yangon-Mandalay and Yangon-Pyay railroads, is the key priority under a master plan, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
In the initial stage of the railway plan, the ministry will implement the upgrading of five major railroad sections which cover 80 per cent of the country — the 385-mile long Yangon-Mandalay railroad, the 340-mile long Mandalay-Myitkyina railroad section, the 176-mile long Yangon-Mawlamyine railroad section, and the 160-mile long Yangon-Pyay railroad section and the Yangon circular railroad.   The cost for the project that will upgrade all railroad sections in the whole country is expected to reach approximately US$60 billion.
For the time being, the ministry is implementing the Yangon circular railroad project with the use of more than $200 million in Japanese loans and it is estimated to be finalised by the 2020-2021 financial year.
The Yangon circular railroad project includes preliminary engineering, embankment maintenance and a proper drainage system. The project will cut travelling time as well as improve rail safety for commuters, officials said.—200

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