Myanmar buys 10 new train carriages from S.Korea


  • Myanmar
  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

YANGON (Eleven Media Group/ANN): 10 new air-conditioned train carriages bought from South Korea will be up and running on the Mandalay-Myinkyina rail road in early March, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The new air-conditioned trains will take about 17 hours to travel the Mandalay-Myitkyina route, an hour less than other trains.

Myanmar Railways (MR) signed a contract agreement with the Dawonsys Company to buy 100 new modernised train carriages under the Korean loans on Dec 5,2018.

The Ministry will use a US$45mil loan from Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the EXIM Bank to buy the train carriages.

A vessel carrying the 10 new train carriages out of 100 and spare parts, bought under a loan from South Korea, arrived at the Thilawa Jetty, Yangon, on Jan 7.

Works to upgrade the Yangon-Mandalay railroad is a collaboration among Myanmar, South Korea and Japan.

Myanmar and Japan will also cooperate on the Hanthawaddy airport project, the ministry announced.

A total of US$2.7bil from Japan International Cooperation Agency will be used to upgrade the Yangon-Mandalay railroad under a five-year plan from 2018 to 2023. - Eleven Media Group/Asia News Network

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