Data Collection Survey on Railway Improvement for Yangon Mandalay Corridor

Many of the Myanmar Railway Routes were constructed during the British colonial era, and maintenance and management by Myanma Railway (MR) were inadequate. Deterioration of railway facilities and equipment caused train speed down, delay, derailment accidents, etc and safe and stable train operation is difficult. Among the domestic railways, approximately 620km longed the Yangon-Mandalay Line is the most important line connecting Yangon, largest commercial city, the capital Nay Pyi Taw, and the second commercial city, Mandalay. 

With the economic development of Myanmar, the demand for transportation of passengers and freight is increasing, and modernization of transportation facilities and equipment is an urgent issue in order to respond to the further increase in demand and improve services.

 Also relates to Thilawa line that extends to Thilawa region as a branch of the Yangon-Mandalay line, along with the development of Thilawa Special Economic Zone and Thilawa port, it is considered that extending the demand for passenger and cargo transport, the existing railway facilities of the renovation support from Japan is highly expected.

Under these circumstances, with the support of JICA , the rehabilitation project of the existing line is being implemented under the Yangon-Mandalay Railway Improvement Project Phase 1 and Phase 2. From the point of view of efficiency of transport by railway in Yangon-Mandalay section, high-speed railway will be necessary.

Based on the above, basic information collection survey is carried out for high-speed railway development in Yangon-Mandalay section. In addition, for effective use of the existing line both for passenger and cargo transport, renovation of Thilawa line need to be considered. Therefore, basic information will be collected in this survey. In addition, the crossing of the Yangon Circular Line and Yangon-Mandalay line at Pazundaung area has hindered efficient train operation, so basic information to solve this bottleneck will be collected in this survey.