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New look for inaugural MRT line finalized

  • Published at 08:47 pm August 28th, 2018
MRT Metro rail mehedi Hasan
File photo of construction work at a section of the Mass Rapid Transit line Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

'Once the metro rail is complete, it will be the most time-efficient, reliable, safe, comfortable and environment-friendly commuter solution'

The design of the front-end mask and exterior colour scheme of Dhaka’s first elevated Mass Rapid Transit line -- MRT Line 6 -- has been completed, BSS reports. 

“As per our plan to start metro rail operations from Uttara to Agargaon by December 2019, the detailed design for rolling stock and depot equipment has been completed,” said Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL) Managing Director MAN Siddique.

“We have decided to use red and green in the design and exterior colour scheme of MRT Line 6,” he added.

MRT Line 6 is an elevated railway system that will run from Uttara to Motijheel. It is expected to carry 60,000 passengers per hour, Siddique said.

“Once the metro rail is complete, it will be the most time-efficient, reliable, safe, comfortable and environment-friendly commuter solution. It will transform Dhaka into a more active, commute-friendly, and sustainable city,” he added.

MRT Line 6 is being implemented at a cost of about Tk22,000 crore. The Japan International Cooperation Agency is providing Tk16,500 crore, while the rest of the funds will come from the government exchequer, according to project details.

The 20.1 kilometer line will run from Uttara Third Phase and pass through Pallabi, the west side of Rokeya Sarani and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Ruposhi Bangla, Dhaka University TSC, Doyel Chattar, Topkhana Road and Bangladesh Bank.

The Agargaon to Motijheel section of the metro rail is slated for completion ahead of schedule by December 2020.

According to a DMTCL official, to maintain and use MRT Line 6 properly, international-standard rolling stock will be deployed. The line will feature 24 sets of trains, and each set will consist of six cars -- with a plan to expand them to eight cars per set in the future.