Myanmar to build 400-km-long railroads in 2010-11

19:33, April 12, 2010      

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Myanmar's rail transport authorities have planned to construct 400-kilometer-long new railroads across nation in the present 2010-11 fiscal year which began this month, the local Weekly Eleven reported Monday.

In the new railroad projects, aimed at providing smooth and secure transport to the public, high-quality materials will be used in the construction for life-long duration, it said.

Meanwhile, since last year, the Ministry of Rail Transportation has been implementing nine other railroad projects which extend over 2,200 kilometers long in total.

These railroad projects, linking south with north and east with west of the country, lie in Bago , Ayeyawaddy , Tanintharyi, Magway, Sagaing and Yangon divisions, Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states and the cost is estimated at about 132 billion kyats (over 130 million U.S. dollars), an earlier report said.

According to official statistics, over the past 21 years, the length of railroads and rail tracks in Myanmar has respectively extended up to 5,031.29 km and 6,549.26 km, increasing 59 percent and 46 percent.

There were 3,162.16 km of railroads and 4,470.17 km rail tracks nationwide before 1988 and the state-run Myanmar Railways has built 1,868 km of new railroads and 2,079 km of rail tracks in the whole country since 1988.

The passenger trains has increased to 379 from 229 and freight trains to 18 from 17, the figures indicate.

There are 805 railway stations in the whole country now, an increase of 318 from before 1988 when there were only 487.

Statistics also reveal that the number of passengers rail- transported in the country in a day stood at more than 100,000.

Source: Xinhua


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