Myanmar to construct first railroad to link western state
YANGON, Feb 19, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Myanmar will construct a first ever
300-mile-(480-kilometer)-long national railroad network to link
the western state of Rakhine with western part of Ayeyawaddy
division, local weekly journal Yangon Time reported Thursday.
The network connecting 6 townships, outlined as Sittwe-
Ponnagyun-Kyauttaw-Mrauk U-Minbya-Ann in Rakhine State, will also
connect the railroads from western part of Ayeyawaddy division.
On completion of the project, transport link in the Rakhine
region where over 3 million ethnic minorities inhabit will be much
improved with better commodity flow especially to neighboring
countries such as Bangladesh and India, local residents said.
Rakhine State was accessible by motor roads, waterway and
airway but not railway previously.
In 1996, the government constructed Yangon-Sittwe highway
connecting Yangon and the Rakhine State. Later the Yangon-
KyautPhyu road was again built connecting Yangon and Ayeyawaddy
According to official statistics, the length of railroads and
rail tracks in Myanmar has extended up to 5,031.29 km and 6,549.26
km, increasing 59 percent and 46 percent respectively in the past
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.
According to official statistics, the number of passengers
rail- transported in the country in a day stood over 100,000.
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