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Status of Singapore-Kunming Rail Link Project and the Protocol-6 of the ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit which involved in Master Plan of ASEAN Connectivity-MPAC)

Myanma Railways

Status of Singapore-Kunming Rail Link Project and the Protocol-6 of the ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit which involved in Master Plan of ASEAN Connectivity-MPAC)

 

Singapore – Kunming Rail Link Project

1.                   The rail link between Three Pagoda pass (Myanmar) and Namtok (Thailand) is a spur line of Singapure - Kumming Rail Link Project.

2.                   That Spur Line is about totally (263)km long Thanpyuzayat to Three Pagoda pass in Myanmar is (110)km and three pagoda pass to Namtok in Thailand is (153)km respectively.

3.                   From 2005 to 2007, Feasibility Study for that rail link has been conducted by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and submitted their report to each government. According to that F.S.R, estimated cost for construction of each rail line was US$(246) millions for Myanmar and US$(491) millions for Thailand respectively.

4.                   Due to construction of dam in Thailand side, some rail areas were flooded. New alignment might be mountainous area, steep gradient, high construction cost and low passenger and freight transport and more running time. Moreover, people might prefer travelling by motor vehicles and that alignment might be economically not viable.

5.                   At the 13th Special Working Group Meeting for Singapore-Kunming Rail Link Project, held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar in 2011, representatives from both countries agreed to put off that alignment.

6.                   At the 14th Special Working Group Meeting for Singapore-Kunming Rail Link Project, held in Vientiane, Laos PDR, in 2012, representative from Thailand submitted to construct new rail line, Dawei - Kanchanaburi instead of old line Three Pagoda Pass - Namtok.

7.                   In Myanmar, there is an ongoing project at Dawei, namely Special Economic Zone Project. Some motor vehicles, used in that project, are running on Dawei – Phu Num Ron, earthen car road. The existing Phu Num Ron to Kanchanaburi old car road is still rehabilitating by Thailand side.

8.                   To construct Dawei – Kanchanaburi rail line, Feasibility Study is conducted by the companies, which will be implemented that Special Economic Zone Project, so far.

9.                   At the 22nd ASEAN Land Transport Working Group Meeting, Myanmar discussed that the Implementation stage for that rail road project will be considered upon increasing of freight and passenger transport between Dawei and Bangkok.

 

Protocol – 6 Railway Border and Interchange Station

1.                   Protocol – 6, Railway Border and Interchange Station, under ASEAN Framework on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit (AFAFGIT), was Signed on 16th  December 2011.

2.                   The president’s office of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has permitted to ratify the Protocol-6 of the Facilitation of Goods in Transit (AFAFGIT) on 29th October 2013, and arrange necessary action to ASEAN Secretariat Office for rectification of that protocol.