NAY PYI TAW, 26 Sept - Prime Minister General Soe Win went on an inspection tour of Myitnge Carriage and Wagon Workshop of Myanma Railways of the Ministry of Rail Transportation, Amarapura, Mandalay Division on 23 September and Ywahtaung Diesel Locomotive Shed, Sagaing Township, Sagaing Division on 24 September and gave instructions to fulfill the requirements during his tour.
Accompanied by Members of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Ye Myint and Lt-Gen Kyaw Win, Chairman of Mandalay Division PDC Commander of Central Command Maj-Gen Khin Zaw, ministers, departmental heads, Prime Minister General Soe Win visited Myitnge Carriage and Wagon Workshop on 23 September.
First, Minister for Rail Transportation Maj-Gen Aung Min briefed the Prime Minister and party on matters relating to Myitnge Carriage and Wagon Workshop and General Manager U Tun Oo on functions and accomplishments of the workshop, and the workshops progress in realizing the guidance given by Head of State Senior General Than Shwe during his tour, upgrading of carriages, innovative means to save foreign exchange, renovation of coaches presented by the Peoples Republic of China as goodwill gifts to be used on the railroads across the country.
Next, Deputy Minister Thura U Thaung Lwin gave a supplemen-tary report. In connection with the reports, the Prime Minister asked questions to get further details and stressed the need for manufacturing of comfortable passenger coaches and wagons by the workshop. As the Myitnge workshop already have experience and technology, the workshop should run the entire process of carriages apart from major repairs, added the Prime Minister.
Afterwards, the Prime Minister and party inspected scale models of the passenger coaches renovated by the workshop. Next, Minister Maj-Gen Aung Min and responsible personnel explained facts about the carriage parts manufactured by the workshop, experiments for production of coach parts, carriage linking parts produced by the workshop, bogies used at passenger coach and upper-class seats. The Prime Minister also heard reports on production of passenger coaches.
Next, the Prime Minister and party looked into renovation of passenger coaches presented by the Peoples Republic of China as gifts.
Accompanied by Chairman of Sagaing Division PDC Commander of North-West Command Maj-Gen Tha Aye and Chairman of Mandalay Division PDC Comman-der of Central Command Maj-Gen Khin Zaw, Prime Minister General Soe Win and party went on an inspection tour of Ywahtaung Diesel Locomotive Shed on 24 September.
At the briefing hall, Minister Maj-Gen Aung Min briefed the Prime Minister on matters relating to Ywahtaung Diesel Locomotive Shed and Insein Locomotive Shed. Next, General Manager of Ywahtaung Diesel Locomotive Shed U Myint Khine and General Manager of Insein Locomotive Shed U Saw Valintine briefed the Prime Minister and party on maintenance of diesel locomotives, the workshops undertakings in respect to the guidance given by Head of State Senior General Than Shwe during his tour, purchase of machines for maintenance of locomotives and production of spare parts in cooperation with industrial zones and related ministries.
In connection with the reports presented by the general manager of Insein Locomotive Shed, Minister Maj-Gen Aung Min gave a supplementary report. Next, the Prime Minister gave instructions on the requirements to be fulfilled by the Government for ensuring production of diesel locomotives inside the country. Technicians and service personnel were to manufacture diesel locomotives inside the country based on technical know-how and experiences. If the workshops of Myanma Railways, state-owned factories and private-owned ones take cooperative measures, diesel locomotives can be manufactured.
Next, the Prime Minister and party inspected diesel transmission workshop, diesel electrical workshop and air-conditioner workshop. Next, they looked into carriage spare parts manufactured by the workshops under Myanma Railways, locomotives and spare parts by private factories and Monywa industrial zone and imported spare parts.
Afterwards, the Prime Minister oversaw diesel locomotives and building of rail car and gave necessary instructions. Next, the Prime Minister and party left for Mandalay by train and proceeded to Nay Pyi Taw.
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