September 25, 2017

Level Crossing Device at Kyansitthar Junction put into service

The newly installed level crossing device at Kyansitthar Junction. Photo: JICA
The newly installed level crossing device at Kyansitthar Junction. Photo: JICA

The opening ceremony for level crossing device at Kyansitthar Junction between Toekyaunggalay Station and Ywathagyi Station was held in Yangon yesterday. The officials concerned from Myanma Railways, Ministry of Rail Transportation, representatives from the Embassy of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and invited guests attended the ceremony.
U Aung Win, General Manager (Technical/Admin), Myanma Railways, Ministry of Rail Transportation and Mr. Kazuyoshi Suzuki, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Myamar, delivered the opening remarks. Afterwards, U Aung Win, Mr. Kazuyoshi Suzuki, and U Htun Aung Thin, General Manager (Lower Myanmar), cut the ribbon to open the Kyansitthar Level Crossing.
The installation of the level crossing device at Kyansitthar Junction was the first component to have implemented under the project for installation of Operation Control Center System and Safety Equipment for which the Grant Agreement was signed between Myanma Railways, Ministry of Rail Transportation and JICA on 24 March 2014. According to the said Grant Agreement, the Government of Japan provided maximum 4 Billion Japanese Yen to the Ministry of Rail Transportation to install related equipment for interlocking system, level crossing device, and centralized train monitoring system.
This Grant Aid Project aims to improve operation management and safety of Myanma Railways, promote socioeconomic development and ensure safe and smooth travel and transport of the people of Myanmar. In this context, the project plays an important role in JICA’s multi-scheme assistance to Myanma Railways in modernizing Myanmar’s railway development, particularly for Yangon Circular Line and Yangon-Mandalay Railway Line.  The works for the remaining components of the Project are ongoing and expected to be completed in June 2017.

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