By Nyein Nyein
The second Yangon-Cocogyun marine trip will start on 4 March, said U Hla Aung, Joint Secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
A report on the launch of the service has been submitted to the Yangon Region government and an announcement has been made in Yangon South District and Cocogyun Township, he said. “We are targeting to launch the 2nd Yangon-Cocogyun trip on 4 March. We will get to know detailed information on passengers and goods at the end of this month,” he added.
The YRTA is starting the service for the convenience of residents and government staff working in the area. The cost of running a round trip is estimated at K20 million. “The fare earned from operating the trip will go to the YRTA fund. The fund will be used not for profit, but for the convenience of residents and local staff,” said U Phyo Min Thein, the Chief Minister of Yangon Region and the patron of YRTA.
The YRTA has signed a contract with Thuriya Sandar Win, a private company, for hiring water vessels to operate the Yangon-Cocogyun trip.
The Yangon-Cocogyun round trip will take 80 hours (6 days). The ship can carry about 60 passengers, including 20 crew members, and 300 tons of goods.
A similar trip was conducted on 21 January, 2020. The Yangon-Cocogyun round trip will be conducted in the first week of every month. About 38 passengers and 280 items of goods were carried on board the motor vessel during the first trip. (Translated by Hay Mar)