By Nyein Nyein
Preparations are on to provide water transport between Yangon and Cocogyun under the guidance of the Yangon Region government, and arrangements are being made for commissioning a vessel for operating the service, said U Hla Aung, Joint Secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
“The regional government has already notified the YRTA to operate the Yangon-Cocogyun ship once a month, staring from January this year. Having said that, we have been preparing for the necessary requirements of a vessel, in coordination with the officials concerned,” said U Hla Aung.
Running a service to the remote islands is aimed at easing transportation difficulties faced by locals and improving healthcare, education, business, and regional development in the Cocogyun Township. Therefore, the Yangon-Cocogyun six-day route will be operated in the first week of every month, according to an announcement released by the Yangon Region government.
U Than Naing Oo, a Regional Hluttaw representative from Pabedan Township constituency, had raised a question at the regional Hluttaw meeting held in October, 2018 on ship operations between Yangon and Cocogyun Township. Daw Nilar Kyaw, the regional minister for electricity, industry and transportation, had responded that the government had invited Expressions of Interest from private entrepreneurs to operate the route regularly.
“Earlier, Myanmar Five Star Line had been allowed to provide ferry services to Cocogyun Township, along with other profitable routes. But, the services were offered only for a short duration in reality,” she said.
On 17 December, 2019, the regional government ministers, including Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister for Social Affairs U Naing Ngan Lin, Minister for Immigration and Human Resources Daw Moe Moe Su Kyi, Yangon Region Advocate General Daw Khin Myo Kyi, Hluttaw representatives, and officials concerned visited Cocogyun Township. The officials met with locals to implement regional development activities in the current financial year. They also coordinated on matters raised by the local people. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)