Yangon Central Railway Station redevelopment to start in 2018

The redevelopment of Yangon Central Railway Station will start next year, said general manager U Htun Aung Thin from Myanma Railways.

Myanma Railways aimed to upgrade Yangon railways station to become as an international standard in order to provide more convenience and comfort to passengers.

Myanma Railways aimed to construct modern buildings which will include the business operations, multi stories buildings etc.

Myanma Railways called tender for drawing the design, building, to operate the plan for Yangon Railway Station comprehensive development in 2014. But no companies met the requirements of Myanma Railways.

On August 7, 2015, Myanma Railways announced officially and invited local and international companies who are interested in the project through state’s owned newspaper. The companies who want to cooperate with Myanma Railways can propose the Expression of Interest started from August 7, 2015.

Up to January 6, 2016, there were 18 companies from 14 countries which made proposals to develop the Yangon railways but Myanma Railways chose only 15 companies from 10 countries to compete in the tender.

‘’The tender for Yangon Central Railway development plan is moving smoothly but we don’t know exactly when we will start. We have target but we move slowly again and again because we have to examine closely the proposals. But we hope to implement the project within 2018,” U Htun Aung Thin said.

After the companies passed the expression of interest stage, the railway said they needed to buy a Request For Proposal, but many companies couldn’t and only two were left.

‘’For RFP, the companies must pay US$4 million as deposit for the cost of the project and only two companies were able to do it. The two companies are local companies – FMI and Mindama. The main reason for the postponement of the project is that we are strictly following the procedures,” U Htun Aung Thin added.

Myanma Railways will chose only one company from these two.

The project area is located in the eastern side of Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San Road and Bo Minyaung Road, Mingalartaung Nyunt Township with an area of about 63 acres.

The estimated cost for the project is US$2.5 billion according to Myanma Railways.

Source : Myanmar Times

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