Yangon water buses suspended for month-long upgrade

wb Yangon water buses dock at the jetty in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

28 Sep 19 - Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar - The Yangon water bus service has been suspended for one month from 27 September to 30 October on account of a major upgrade, according to U Ngwe Phyo Paing, the manager of the Yangon water bus service.

The water bus services are being suspended to allow the upgrade of one jetty, which was damaged in the monsoon season, the Thanylin jetty, and the water vessels, he said. As part of the upgrade, water vessels will also be imported so they can be operated in the Nga Moe Yeik creek, permission will be sought for the construction of the Nga Moe Yeik jetty, and payment machines will be installed on the water vessels, he added.

"Water bus operation is being suspended because of a massive upgrade. The water buses have been in use for two years. So, we need to upgrade the vessels as well as the jetty. Once we receive 18 new water vessels, we will replace the old vessels with the new ones," said U Ngwe Phyo Paing.

"The Yangon water bus service is being suspended only for the purpose of upgrading. Upon completion of the upgrade, which will take over one month, we will be able to provide better services to passengers," he added.

Yangon water buses started running on October 7. They were launched by the Tint Tint Myanmar Company, which is running the service with 11 motor vessels. The buses ply from Botahtaung jetty to Insein Jetty, and ferry around 100,000 commuters per month.

The Yangon water bus service is also operated daily for pilgrims and riverine cruise tours. (Translated by Hay Mar)

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