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Chinese company proposes new circular railroad for Yangon

Myanmar real estate news Representatives from China Railway Engineering Co Ltd (CREC) have met with the Yangon Region government to discuss the possibility of constructing of a new Yangon circular railroad, U Than Naing Oo, a member of the Yangon Region Hluttaw’s Transportation, Communications, Construction and Industry Committee told The Myanmar Times.

“CREC proposed two versions of the potential railroad for consideration - one where it will be built on the existing circular railroad and another with an elevated track,” said U Than Naing Oo.

Based on CREC’s proposal, building along the existing railroad would cost less even with 24 new stations in the plan.

“However, to build 24 new train stations would require the acquisition of land, which could pose problems in Yangon. This means the more expensive option of the elevated railway along the route of the existing route could be more feasible,” said U Than Naing Oo.

According to CREC’s proposal, the new elevated railway will accommodate trains traveling up to 80 kilometres per hour and efficiently transport about 90,000 passengers a day. The proposed route would cover Kyeemyindaing train station to Mingaladon and from Kyauk Yay Dwin to Yangon International Airport.

According to U Than Naing Oo, CREC’s proposal calls for the project to be built under either a private-public-partnership or build-operate-transfer model. Use of the PPP model would involve the issuance of shares in the project to the government and the public, while the BOT model would see CREC being granted a 50-contract to run the railway before it is transferred to the government,.

Ref: Myanmar Times