Rangoon: A planned rail project to give China access to the Indian Ocean through Myanmar has been cancelled, say reports Tuesday.
In 2011, Burma signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese state-owned enterprise to construct a railway from Kyaukphyu, on the Bay of Bengal, to the Chinese border and on to Kunming, the capital of Chinaâ€™s Yunnan Provinceâ€”also the route of Chinese-built oil and gas pipelines.
A report in The Irrawaddy Magazine claims that no progress has been made on the rail project since 2011.
â€śWe havenâ€™t had any detailed agreement to implement this railroad since 2011,â€ť the magazine quoted a senior Myanmar Railways official in Naypyidaw, who asked not to be named because he is not permitted to talk about the project.
â€śWe just made a memorandum of understanding between the two parties. Now, we havenâ€™t made any new agreement to start operations, so what I can say is that we arenâ€™t working on this project.â€ť