Already 8.5km of the project has become visible, Quader says
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the installation work of the tracks of the much-awaited Metro Rail in Dhaka on Wednesday. The inauguration took place at Diabari of Uttara.
“The proposed metro rail network will be fully implemented through the construction of six metro rails by 2030 and will cover an area of around 175km in Dhaka city. When completed the capital will be free of traffic gridlock and we will have a modern public transport system,” said the minister on the occasion.
"Already 8.5km of the project have become visible. The country's first-ever metro rail project will be opened to the public on December 16 next year,” Quader added.
“Soon the construction work of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT Line 1), which has two underground rail systems, one of 16km and the other of 13km, will commence,” the minister stated.
"The detailed designing of MRT Line 1 is progressing, the aim being to construct a 31km long track, which will be a combination of elevated and underground metro rails, by 2026,” according to MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL).
"MRT Line 5 will be completed by 2028," he added.
The metro rail project, the first of its kind in the country, is being implemented by the state-owned DMTCL in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).
Dhaka Metro Rail, which is scheduled for a trial run this year, is projected to serve more than 60,000 passengers per hour by 2021, with waiting time of approximately four minutes, officials have said.
The entire route, which can be covered in less than 40 minutes at an average speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), is expected to result in a reduction in the number of private cars on Dhaka's streets, thus easing road traffic conditions.
The 20.10km MRT Line 6 will run from Uttara Third Phase and pass through Pallabi, the west side of Rokeya Sarani and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Hotel InterContinental, TSC of Dhaka University, Doel Chattar, Topkhana Road and Bangladesh Bank.
The MRT 6 project is being executed at a cost of about Tk22,000 crore. Of the amount, Jica is providing Tk16,500 crore, while the rest of the funds will come from the Bangladesh government, official sources said.
An estimated 70% of the construction work of the first phase of the Dhaka Metro Rail project (Uttara-Agargaon part) was completed by December last year, although the rate of completion was well below the 50% mark in September 2019. The government is planning to launch a trial run by this year.