Work on a major upgrade of the Yangon-Mandalay rail track will start this October, but it will take at least four years to complete.
The rail track that covers a distance of 621.2 km will undergo an upgrade that will ensure trains can operate reliably between Myanmar’s two largest cities.
According to a report in Myanmar Times a Japanese company will upgrade the Bago-Nyaunglebin section of the Yangon-Mandalay railway line after signing a contract last week.
Details were released by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is supporting the project with loans and consultancy.
The project is being carried out under the framework of the Myanma Railways using the latest Japanese rail technology and is scheduled for completion by 2023.
JICA is also financially supporting upgrades with grants and low-interest loans on other sections of the Yangon-Mandalay railway line.
The project covering four years will upgrade the entire 621.2 km Yangon-Mandalay line including bridges and landscaping by Japanese engineers.
As part of the deal Japan will bring in new railroad equipment for the route and fully restore existing rolling stock and engines.
In a statement to Myanmar Times a JICA official noted: “Passengers will be transported from one city to another in quiet comfort,” adding that the company will repair train engines and passenger cars bring them up to international standards.
The entire project has been divided into three sections; Yangon-Toungoo, Toungoo-Yamaethin, and Yamaethin-Mandalay.
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