August 19, 2016

Myanma Railway revises K 6.3 billion budget for rebuilding of damaged rail tracks

The budget to rebuild all damaged railroads across the nation from recent storms and July-August flood has been revised to K 6.3 billion from the initial estimation of K 3.83 billion, according to General Manager (Civil) U Tin Soe of Myanma Railway, Ministry of Rail Transportation.
He said that the repair cost is a special budget allotted from the government. The matter was also submitted at a forum chaired by World Bank on 2 October in Nay Pyi Taw. The damaged rail tracks are on Mandalay-Myitkyina, YeOo-KhinOo, Gangaw-Kalay, Kyangin-Pakokku, Mandalay-Lashoi, Hlinethaya-Nyaungdon, Latpandan-Tharawaw and Rakhine State’s Pyithawta-Yechanpyin-Kyautaw railroads. At present, the Mandalay-Myitkyina, Mandalay-Lashoi, Latpandan-Tharawaw, Yangon-Hinthada, Hinthada-Pathein, and some Rakhine State’s railroads have been repaired and reopened, but the Gangaw-Kalay railroad have only been partially reopened and the remaining tracks are to be opened in mid October, the GM said. The damaged rail bridges are too scheduled to be reopened in mid October.
Some damaged railroads in Rakhine State need to be repaired with heavy machines after the monsoon season, he said. He added that the repair of railroads would be prioritized according to the budget received. He said that strong and durable bridges need one and half years to be completed. The over 100 -year Mandalay-Myitkyina railroad was constructed during the British rule (late 19th century to 1948) and the Gatngaw-Kalay, Kyangin-Pakokku, Sittwe-Kyautaw, and Hlinethaya-Nyaungdon railroads were built during the present government, according to General Manager (Civil) U Tin Soe of Myanma Railway.—Soe Win–MLA


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