According to the minister, it would take 57 minutes to travel from Dhaka to Chittagong on the high-speed railway
The government is set to construct a high-speed railway from Dhaka to Chittagong, allowing travellers to reach their destinations in under an hour, Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said at a meeting of the parliament on Monday.
“Initial construction to prepare the detailed design and a feasibility study for the project is ongoing. Overall progress of the project is at 21%,” he said in response to questions from MPs.
According to the minister, it would take 57 minutes to travel from Dhaka to Chittagong on the high-speed railway.
The minister further said the government upgraded the Bangladesh Railway Master Plan on January 29 last year, and all projects under the plan are set to be implemented between July, 2016, and June, 2045.
The master plan includes projects for construction of a subway on the Dhaka-Tongi section, electric traction on the Narayanganj-Dhaka-Joydebpur section, and a broad gauge railway on the Jashore-Magura-Sripur-Langalbandha-Pangsha route.
The government will also construct broad gauge lines on the on Payra-Kuakata, Dohazari-Bandarban, Hathazari-Rangamati, Nazirhat-Khagrachhari routes, among others. Furthermore, Sylhet Railway Station is set to be modernized under the master plan.