THE upgrading of the Yangon circular railway is slated for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, it has been reported.
To upgrade the Yangon circular railway and suburban railway, data collection of the squatter houses along the railroads is being conducted and it is slated to be completed at the end of this month. Those dwellings in the squatter houses will be systematically moved to more suitable places, said U Tun Aung Thin, the general manager of Myanma Railway (Lower Myanmar).
Upgrading the railroads will include the renovation of 10 railway overpasses, the installation of automatic gates at 21 railway crossings, upgrading Kyimyindine, Danyingon, Insein, Mingaladon and Paywetseikgon railway stations.
Currently, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) are being conducted as an initial step under the procedures of the 2012 Environmental Conservation Law and existing laws.
The cost for building all necessary infrastructure to upgrade the Yangon circular railway will be incurred by the government. The Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) will contribute US$ 206 million to the project.