YANGON—Myanmar will soon invite tenders from foreign companies for the upgrade of Yangon Central Railway Station, with local companies getting the nod for promotional needs, according to the Ministry of Rail Transportation.
The ministry said companies from Japan and Singapore have already submitted proposals for the upgrade but disclosed no details about the companies.
Win Naung, an official from the ministry, said only that proposals made by two companies each from both countries have been submitted to the government for consideration.
“We [the ministry] will soon invite tenders for the upgrade,” he said.
The upgrade will include construction of world-class apartments and public services at the station, as well as an upgrade of the railway system itself.
Although local companies have also submitted proposals for the project, the ministry said it would only choose foreign companies, which can provide accountability, for the upgrade. But the ministry said it would allow local companies to do advertising and entertainment services on the Yangon-Mandalay trains and Yangon circular trains.
Plans are also underway to replace the old trains on Yangon’s circular railway with new train cars that have air-con facilities. Myanmar and Japan are also cooperating on the planned upgrade of the Yangon-Bago railroad.
Source: ELEVEN Myanmar