India-Myanmar relations are set to strengthen exponentially, based on the spurt in bilateral discussions and agreements just over the past few weeks.
India is to supply 18 metre-gauge 1350 hp diesel electric locomotives to Myanmar Railways. The traction will augment the railway’s fleet and enable it to meet increasing demand for passenger and freight transport services in Myanmar. The requisite contract was signed at Naypyitaw (Myanmar) in week 9.
The locomotive order is a vital project that is being funded under an existing Indian government line of credit for Myanmar. The traction, sporting several modern features such as microprocessor controls, fuel-efficient engines and an ergonomic cab design etc, will be manufactured at the diesel locomotive works in Varanasi.
The agreement was signed at Naypyitaw, Myanmar by Mr. S. B. Malik, Director Technical, RITES Ltd. (a Public Sector Enterprise under Ministry of Railways) and Mr. U Thurein Win, Managing Director, Myanmar Railways in presence of Mr. U Nyan Tun Aung, Hon’ble Minister of Rail Transportation, Myanmar and Mr. Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Ambassador of India to Myanmar.
“RITES is making all efforts to augment export of rolling stock manufactured at railway production units. Response from Southeast Asian markets is very encouraging,” said Rajeev Mehrotra, chairman and MD, RITES (a public sector enterprise under Ministry Of Railways).
According to the statement, the contract was signed on March 4 in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw by S B Malik, Director Technical, RITES and U Thurein Win, MD, Myanmar Railways.
Also U Nyan Tun Aung, Minister Of Rail Transportation, Myanmar and Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Ambassador of India to Myanmar were present during the event.
The supply contract of locomotives is a vital project being funded under an existing line of credit extended to Myanmar by the Indian government.
These locomotives will be manufactured by Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi with modern features like microprocessor controls, fuel-efficient engine and ergonomic cab design, the statement added.
Ministry of Waterways and Civil Aviation and Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications were formed after Myanmar gained independence. In 1972, they were reconstituted as the Ministry of Transport and Communications which had 17 organizations.