The luxury service will include air-condition coaches with wide berths, catering service, security guards and scope for sightseeing
A process is underway to a launch luxurious train service for touristsfrom Dhaka to Cox's Bazar via Chattogram upon installation of a new railway track from Dohajari to Cox's Bazar.
Railways Minister Mujibul Haque said the government is planning to procure 54 deluxe tourist coaches aiming to attract local and foreign tourists to the world's longest sea beach, reports UNB.
A Development Project Proposal (DPP)for the new service involving Tk356 crore has already been finalised and dispatched to the Planning Commission, the minister said.
Of the total amount, the government will spend Tk78 crore and the rest Tk278 crore will come as foreign assistance, official sources said.
The luxury service will include air-condition coaches with wide berths, catering service, security guards and scope for sightseeing.
According to Railway sources, four trains will run every day to and from Dhaka to Cox's Bazar via Chattogram initially along with the regular service with a minimum number of stoppages.
Under the new plan, two trains will set out from Dhaka to Cox's Bazar and two from Cox's Bazar to Dhaka at the same time while 20 percent of the 54 coaches will be kept aside as spare at both ends.
Six meter-gauge tourist coaches (city), 13 air-conditioned sleeping cars, 22 air-conditioned chair cars, seven power cars along with air-conditioned dining cars and guard breaks at a cost of Tk 255.16 crore are listed for procurement.
Construction works on dual gauge lines on the Dohajari-Cox's Bazar route and Cox's Bazar-Gundum (located near Myanmar) via Ramu were started in January this year, railway sources said.
The project will be implemented in two phases with CREC of China and Toma Construction implementing the first phase of laying lines from Dohajari to Chakoria at Tk 2,687.99 crore, while Max Infrastructure Ltd along with China's CREC will implement the second phase at an estimated cost of Tk 3,502. 5 crore, the sources added.
Under the project, the 102km-long new dual gauge railway tracks will be laid alongside constructing 184 rail-bridges, nine station buildings, platforms and shades, including an iconic clamshell shaped station building in Cox's Bazar.
Bangladesh expects to get connected with the Trans-Asian Railway Corridor upon completion of the project.
A three-member committee with Railway Additional Director Monjurul Alam Chowdhury as its convener will assess the feasibility of the tourist car import before reporting to the Railway Board in September next year.