Bangladesh Railway (BR) is to construct a circular rail route surrounding Dhaka City to help ease traffic congestion.
The Ministry of Railways has completed a pre-feasibility study to acquire land for the proposed rail route.
“If we are able to implement the project, city dwellers will get some relief from the existing traffic chaos,” said Railways Secretary Mofazzel Hossain.
“People who will want to travel long distances and avoid the existing chaos can easily take the circular train service.”
According to details of the project plan, the 81.9km circular train network will have elevated viaducts and double line standard gauge.
The circular route will have 20 stations: Tongi, Termuk, Purbachal road, Beraid, Kayetpara, Demra, Siddhirganj, Chowdhuri Bari, Chasara, Fatullah, Shyampur, Sadarghat, Babubazar, Nawabgonj, Shankar, Gabtoli, Dhaka Zoo, Birulia, Uttara and Dhour.
According to the plan, trains will move both ways continuously.
Passengers who want to move across the city from north to south directly could catch the train from Tongi and move through Purbachal, Demra to Siddhirganj station, which is situated at the point of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.
If a passenger wants to go from the south to Sadarghat, they can catch the train bound for the north.
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With the addition of the circular train service, some of Dhaka's important sections will be connected through rail service with satellite towns like Purbachal, and other suburban areas of Dhaka City.
“The circular train can help to ease movement between long distances in Dhaka. The service will not only be comfortable and easier, it will also reduce pressure over the road networks,” said Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque.
“Dhaka city is already expanding, taking 16 Union Parishad into the city's jurisdiction. Newly added city people will be able to take advantage of the circular train service,” he added.
The commuters of Yangon in Myanmar have been using a circular train service for the past seven years.