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Government tries to ease bus travel for Thingyan

Arrangements are being made to allow easy access to highway bus tickets without extra fees during the Thingyan festival, said U Win Swe, chair of the Nay Pyi Taw supervisory committee for motor vehicles.

“Every passenger will get a bus ticket. We also instructed operators not to increase ticket prices,” he said on Wednesday. Myanmar’s Thingyan holidays have been shortened from ten days to five days this year.

U Aung Moe, a government employee who hopes to return to Yangon is worried about the shortened holiday. “Last year, I could go home either today or anytime after that as there were 10 days, but this year, there are only five days, so I must travel before Thingyan eve,” he said.

U Win Swe said that government staff and other passengers do not need to worry about their transportation. “I already estimated that there will be more passengers this year wanting to return home. We added ten extra buses, five for Nay Pyi Taw to Yangon and five for Nay Pyi Taw to Mandalay. We will also arrange employee-only buses,” he said.

According to the usual schedule, a minimum of 100 buses run from Nay Pyi Taw to Yangon and 50 buses to Mandalay daily. Besides normal buses, extra buses will be added to cover the flow of civil servants returning home for the holidays.

The committee will also ask bus lines and operators not to increase ticket prices during these days. “We will punish the bus line if they charge more than the normal prices. We will shut down ticket agencies if they increase prices,” he said.

Many government employees are stationed in Nay Pyi Taw where government offices are located. During the holidays, many usually go back to Yangon, Mandalay or other cities to celebrate Thingyan with family.

Source: Myanmar Times

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