According to U Tun Aung Thin, general manager of Myanma Railway, Ministry of Transport and Communication, process for upgrading Yangon Circular Train will commence in April, 2017, which was launched with a view to making passengers convenient and secure in traveling.
In meeting with the people in the area on November 21, U Tun Aung Thin said, “We will repair rails and build platforms, station buildings and bridges in addition to replacing coaches. And, arrangements are underway to relocate those whose buildings are to be removed for the project. Compensation and other subvention will be given out prior to their move to new locations. Especially special attention will be prioritized to the old, poor families, females and children.”
He went on saying that there would be approximately some 34 places which would be harmed for upgrading Yangon Circular Rail. It is learnt that Myanma Railway will calculate the cost of crops and other losses including buildings not later than January 2017 before the advent of the project, and it will implement the resettlement before April 2007.
The circular rail will be 46 kilometer in length and 38 stations in all, with 90000 passengers every day before and only 73000 now per day, it is reported.
He said, “It is targeted at increasing up to 263000 per day in 2022 with from present speed of 15 kilometers per hour to 26—60 kilometers per hour in 2022.
Installation of doors with automatic traffic signal systems at 25 level-crossing and purchase of 66 coaches with diesel-operated engines will be implemented with the loan—Japan ODA loan.