YANGON CENTRAL RAILWAYS STATION COMPLEX COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

OBJECTIVES OF YANGON STATION DEVELOPMENT


To preserve the architecture of existing building

  • To establish terminals
  • To suit the new proposed station yard plan
  • To minimize the disturbance to train operation during the construction stage
  • To identify and establish transport interchange (trunk and intercity rails can connect seamlessly with intermodal options like public transit)
  • To establish shop lots, departmental stores, supermarkets, banks, theaters, hotels, office rent complexes, relevant facilities
  • To upgrade existing social, environmental, health and safety status
  • To be aligned with the development plans of the affected areas along the circular railways
  • To be aligned with Greater Yangon City development
  • To be forward compatible with future development plan (new rail system including LRT, MRT, Tram, etc.)

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION OF YANGON RAILWAYS


The first railway line in Myanmar, between Yangon and Pyay, 161 miles apart, was opened on the 1st of May 1877, by the Irrawaddy State Railway. But in 1896, Irrawaddy State Railway gave way to Burma Railways Co. Ltd. operating on a commercial basis and when the company's lease was ended on the 31st of December 1928, Burma Railways was placed under the Indian Railway Board.

Myanmar and India were separated in 1937 and the Government of Myanmar formed the Burma Railway Board to look after the affairs of the Myanmar Railways. In 1942 the British Governor took over the powers and functions of the Burma Railway Board and redelegated these power to a body of persons with the Chief Railway Commissioner as ex-officio president. This Railway Board continued to function until the 31st of December 1947.

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