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Dhaka-N'ganj DEMU train starts April 24

Update : 22 Apr 2013, 02:06 PM

The country's first high- speed commuter train service is ready to start its journey with passengers on April 24 on Kamalapur-Narayanganj route with some 300 passengers, reports BSS.

"The newly imported high-speed Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) commuter train having 80 kilometre speed on the basis of tracks load capacity, will start its first ever service on Dhaka- Narayanganj route as a commuter service," an official of Bangladesh Railway (BR) familiar with the process said yesterday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate two sets of new commuter service at 11.00am Tuesday at Kamalapur Railway Station, he said.

The official said the railways ministry has brought eight sets of DEMU while 12 more sets will reach Chittagong soon.

Each unit of DEMU having three coaches will be able to make six trips a day on 20-km Kamalapur-Narayanganj route with some 300 passengers. It will take only 20-25 minutes to reach Narayanganj from Kamalapur railway station, said officials.

Talking to BSS spokesman of railways ministry M Shariful Islam said the railways ministry has imported 20 sets of (DEMU) commuter train for plying on Dhaka-Narayanganj route and other sections of the country aimed at ensuring comfortable quick journey in short distances easing pressure on roads.

Each DEMU would carry 300 passengers at a time which can run at a speed of 80 kilometres an hour. The DEMU commuter trains will also be introduced on two northern routes on Dinajpur-Parbatipur-Rangpur and Lalmonirhat-Parbatipur-Saidpur section, he said.

Earlier, the railway authorities gave trial of the DEMU from Pahartali Railway Station of Chittagong to Comilla. An expert team from China is also giving training to railways employees concerned for smooth operation of the DEMU, as this service is the first of its kind in Bangladesh.



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