MYANMAR railway will upgrade the Yangon-Mandalay line with the help of JICA, it has been learned. The project is scheduled to begin next year and expected to be complete by 2023.
Upon completion the travel time between the two cities will be 8 hours. The trip currently takes 14 hours.
The project is being undertaken with a US$2 billion loan from Japan.
“The project will begin in April to save travelling time and to speed up the train service. The number of passengers is expected to rise after the train service is improved, said U Tin Soe, General Manager of the civil service engineering department of the MR Nay Pyi Taw office.
Only Myanmar- Japan joint companies will be allowed to offer tender. The first phase of the plan will be the upgrading of the line between Yangon and Taungoo, the second phase will be between Toungoo and Yamaethin and the third phase will be between Yamaethin and Mandalay.
Work on the first phase of the project will start on the Yangon-Toungoo railroad section next year following the tender process, added the general manager.
The new government is planning to buy 200 new coaches from Korea.
Aung Thant Khine