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‘It's my dream to run the metro rail’

Marium Afza, a former chemistry student, was appointed as the first female driver of the country's much-awaited metro rail in 2021

Update : 04 Aug 2022, 12:21 AM

Marium Afiza, a former student of Noakhali Science and Technology University, has been appointed as the first woman driver of the country’s first metro rail.

She was appointed as the “train operator” on November 2, 2021, along with 25 others, reports Bangla Tribune.

Marium, from Lakshmipur district, was a student of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at her university.

She said: “I was appointed in November last year. Metrorail is being built for the first time in Bangladesh, so I applied for this job out of interest. It is my pleasure to be able to remember my name with metro rail.”

She further said: “The metro rail and the opportunity to run it myself is like a dream to me.”

Meanwhile, after the appointment, Marium Afiza took two months of training in train driving from Bangladesh Railway Training Academy in Chittagong. 

Then she returned to Dhaka and trained for another four months. 

She is currently undergoing technical and practical training at the metro rail depot at Diabari, Uttara. 

Here, experts from Japan's Mitsubishi-Kawasaki company, the manufacturer of metro rail, are providing technical and practical training in train management. 

After that, she will also undergo training at Delhi Metro rail Academy. If necessary, the authorities also plan to train people involved in train management in Japan.

Prof Dr Nawaz Mohammad Bahadur, chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, said: “Women are making a mark of talent at different levels of the workplace. As a part of this, our student Marium has been appointed as a metro rail driver. Maryam will be also remembered in history along with metro rail.”

According to sources, the country's first metro rail is scheduled to be launched on December 16 this year.

Every coach of the fully electric metro rail is air-conditioned (AC). Through this, Bangladesh will enter the era of the modern public transport system. 

The government-owned Dhaka Mass Transport Company Limited (DMTCL) is responsible for the construction and operation of metro rail in the country. 

Meanwhile, the trial run of the train has started. The metro rail distance from Uttara to Motijheel is 20.10km. There are 16 stations on this route.

The metro rail project is financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The main work of the project started in August 2017. According to the project work report, the overall progress of the metro rail till June is 81.19%.

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