PM inaugurates construction work of metro rail

রবিবার, ২৬ জুন ২০১৬

26 June 2016 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated construction work for the first metro rail service in Dhaka.

The prime minister inaugurated the construction work from Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.

Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project, official name of the metro rail scheme, stretches from Uttara to Motijheel.

The Tk 22,000 crore ($2.5 billion) ambitious metro rail project has been taken with an aim to open half of the 20km metro line by the end of 2019.

Through the inauguration of the construction work, a formal commencement of ground development for a depot began today. The depot is the foremost component to be in place for building the metro rail service system, as metro trains will be launched on the elevated lines from the depot.

The entire metro rail route will be elevated and all 16 stations will be elevated as well. Only the depot will be on the ground. A Japanese firm Tokyo Construction Ltd is carrying out the depot land development work.

The project is expected to provide an improved, safe, faster and affordable but modern means of urban public transport service significantly reducing the perennial traffic congestion in the capital and prevent environmental pollution, eminent transport engineering expert Prof Shamsul Hoque told The Daily Star yesterday.

With every metro rail train comprising six air-conditioned spacious cars, a city commuter will travel between Motijheel and north Uttara in 37 minutes and there will be a train every four minutes at each of the 16 stations on the way in both directions, Md Mofazzel Hossain, project director of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project, said earlier.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina delivering a speech while inaugurating construction work for the first metro rail service at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday, June 26, 2016. Photo: TV grab

Currently, city commuters spend several hours to travel from Uttara to Motijheel in snail-pace traffic.

A total of 24 trains will together transfer 60,000 passengers every hour on both directions.

The metro rail would be noise-free, with noise barriers and vibration-free lines, and the cars would be made of stainless steel and aluminium alloy, he said.

The metro will save Bangladesh an annual economic loss of Tk 200 billion equivalent to 1.5 percent of the country's gross domestic production, according to a former Jica country representative in Bangladesh.

The entire project is being implemented under eight separate contracts, including four for building the 20km elevated overpass.

The 16 stations would be in north Uttara, Pallabi, Mirpur, Kazipara, Sheorapara, Agargaon, Rokeya Sarani, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Karwan Bazar, Shahbagh, Dhaka University, Bangladesh Secretariat and Motijheel.

The project formalised as Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit, otherwise known as Mass Rapid Transit (identified as MRT line-6 in the Strategic Transport Plan), is being implemented by government-owned Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd while Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority is supervising.

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