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Railways Improvement: Contracts Signed For Railways Upgrading Project

13 March 2019

Myanma Railways and two Japanese firms signed contracts for upgrading of railroads in the country.

Upgrading tasks of Yangon-Mandalay Railroad have been commenced with the use of JICA’s ODA loans. It has been implemented by two sections. The first one is Yangon-Taungoo section and the second one is Taungoo-Mandalay section.

According to the newly signed contract, Civil & Track Works, and Signaling & Telecommunication Works for Pazundaung-Bago section of Yangon-Mandalay Railways Improvement Project will be carried out. It is part of Phase-1 of the project which includes three major tasks such as civil works, signal and telecommunication and purchasing new coaches.

General Manager, Civil Engineering Department (Myanma Railways), Maung Maung Thwin said “Yangon-Taungoo section will be upgraded by dividing three parts. Today’s contract was signed by the third group for the project. The upgrading tasks for Yangon-Taungoo section is expected to last about three years of construction period with the additional two years of monitoring period.”

Civil & Track Works, and Signaling & Telecommunication Works for Pazundaung-Bago section is expected to complete in four years period.

General Manager, Transportation Systems & Infrastructure Business Department, Eita Fujikawa said “These two contracts are very big for us. I think we can contribute to the Myanmar and Myanmar people. We will do our best to complete the project timely and safely.”

Signaling Works of Yangon Circular Railways Line Upgrading Project is targeted to complete by 2023.