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April 20, 2019

India hands over last batch of locomotives to Myanma Railways

Officials from Myanma Railways and India’s railway ministry pose infront of YDM-4 locomotive.  Photo: MNA
Officials from Myanma Railways and India’s railway ministry pose infront of YDM-4 locomotive.  Photo: MNA

The Indian government’s engineering consultancy company RITES Ltd. handed over the final batch of six YDM-4 diesel-electric locomotives to Myanma Railways during a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Also present at the ceremony were Union Minister of Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Indian Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, deputy ministers U Kyaw Myo and U Tar Oo, Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri, Technical Director of RITES Ltd. Mukesh Rathore, and other officials from the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
U Thant Sin Maung mentioned 18 locomotives were purchased with loans procured from India’s EXIM Bank. He thanked the Indian government, EXIM Bank and RITES Ltd. for aiding in the development of Myanmar’s railways.
Next, Mr. Rajen Gohain and Indian Ambassador Mr. Vikram Misri delivering the opening speeches. Next, General Manager of Myanma Railways U Min Aung and Mukesh Rathore explained the mechanics of the locomotives.
Mukesh Rathore then handed over the documents for the locomotives to the Managing Director of Myanma Railways U Thurein Win. The officials then sprinkled ceremonial water on the locomotives. The new YDM-4 locomotives have a microprocessor-based control, The location of the locomotives, their travelling speed and status can be monitored with software downloaded from the factory. In addition to this, the control unit can be linked with a laptop to keep track of the locomotive’s status.
India handed over the first batch of six locomotives in July 2017, another batch of six in November 2017 and the last batch on 6 February 2018. The 18 new locomotives will be used on Yangon-Mandalay, Mandalay-Myitkyina and Yangon-Mawlamyine railways. —Myanmar News Agency

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