6 MAY 2020 - Source: Global New Light of Myanmar - The ferries from Monywa cruising in upper Chindwin River resumed their service yesterday, said U Than Nyunt Win, Sagaing Regional Minister for Transport and Communications.
"We have just signed. We've allowed the ferry to resume their services. We are not sure which line will start its operation. We asked them for a list. We have permitted them to operate in response to the proposal letter from the Private Ferries Supervisory Committee in Monywa town," he said.
The operation of ferries was suspended in Chindwin River from 7 April to 15 May. However, the Private Ferries Supervisory Committee in Monywa submitted a proposal on 4 May to the Sagaing Regional Minister for Transport and Communications to be able to operate the ferries in accordance with the rules.
Although the passenger ferries have been suspended temporarily, the cargo vessels have been allowed to operate in Monywa and upper Chindwin River.
"It is neither restricted nor allowed. According to the government order 7/2020, the motor vessels which are in concordance with the regulations are allowed to resume their operation. So, the ferries must have to be operated with only 50 passengers on board. The Minister has already permitted. But we haven't received the official letter yet," said Secretary U Kyaw Win of Private Ferries Supervisory Committee in Monywa town.
There are more than 50 cargo vessels in 18 operators and more than 100 ferries in 10 operators cruising along upper Chindwin River up to Homalin Town, according to the Private Ferries Supervisory Committee in Monywa town. —Myo Win Tun (Monywa) (Translated by Hay Mar)