Myanmar Yangon Central Railway Station to move to new satellite town: report
YANGON, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) — The historically-famous Yangon Central Railway Station of Myanmar will move to a new satellite town area in Dagon Myothit-East in the future under a master plan of restructuring the biggest city of Yangon, a local news journal reported Tuesday quoting confirmation from the Yangon municipal authorities.
In accordance with the master plan, the present Yangon central railway station, which links all rail-routes from across the country, will be shifted to the new satellite town’s Ywathagyi township, about 32 kilometers from the heart of the city, Yangon Mayor Brigadier-General Aung Thein Lin was quoted by the Pyi Myanmar as saying.
The existing Yangon railway station will remain as one of the round-the-city stations, the report said.
The century-old Yangon central railway station was built duringthe British colonial period before Myanmar regained independence in 1948.
According to official statistics, the total length of railroadsand rail tracks in Myanmar has extended to 5,031.29 kilometers (km)and 6,549.26 km now, increasing 59 percent and 46 percent respectively in the past 20 years.
There were 3,162.16 km of railroads and 4,470.17 km rail tracksnationwide before 1988 and the state-operated Myanma Railways (MR)has built 1,868 km of new railroads and 2,079 km of rail tracks inthe whole country after 1988.
The number of passenger trains has increased to 379 from 229 and freight trains 18 from 17, according to the MR, which also disclosed that the number of railway stations has now increased to805 in the whole country, up from 487 in 1988.
Meanwhile, Myanmar launched its first domestically-produced 1,200- horse power diesel-engine locomotive in April this year, putting it into run from Yangon to the second largest city of Mandalay in a bid to reduce reliance on import of locomotives.
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