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Subway: Dhaka airport to Kamalapur in 24 minutes

DMTCL signs contract with joint venture firm led by Nippon Koei Company Ltd (Japan) over construction supervision consultancy

Update : 23 Oct 2022, 11:45 PM

The upcoming launch of the country's first subway system, in Dhaka, promises to cut down the travel time from Hazrat Shahjal International Airport to Kamalapur from over an hour to just 24 minutes.

Once the underground line is up and running, trains will run at 90kmph and be able to carry 800,000 passengers each day.

“The underground metro line will be more comfortable than bus services as it can move uninterruptedly,” said prominent transport expert Prof Hadiuzzaman.  

Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) will implement the mega project by 2026.

According to the DMTCL, civil work of the Tk52,561.43 crore MRT line 1 project is expected to begin in December this year through the building of a depot. The DMTCL has signed a contract with a joint venture firm led by Nippon Koei Company Ltd of Japan for construction supervision consultancy.

The JV consisted of eight companies from Japan, France, India, and Bangladesh. The JV firm will receive Tk1,517.24 crore for their services.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was present as the chief guest at the contract signing ceremony at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Sunday.

Physical work on MRT Line 1 had originally been planned to start in December 2020, but it was deferred to June 2021 and then again by another year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and design conflicts with other mega projects.

Quader said a network of six metro rails would be completed by 2030.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the country's first elevated metro rail (MRT line 6) from Uttara to Agargaon in December. After the inauguration of Padma Bridge, people are waiting for the metro rail,” he said.

Work of the entire MRT 6 will be completed in December next year, the minister added.

MRT 1

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The 31.24km MRT Line-1 will have two parts — around 19.87km from Dhaka airport to Kamalapur that includes 16.4km underground, and around 11.36km that is elevated from Notun Bazar to Purbachal. The Notun Bazar station will serve as an interchange.

It will take only 24 minutes to travel from Dhaka airport to Kamalapur, with breaks at 12 underground stations on the route (Dhaka airport, Kuril, Natunbazar, Badda, Rampura, Malibagh, Rajarbag, and Kamalapur).

A total of 25 trains, each of which will carry 3,088 passengers, will operate on the route every day.

Travel on the elevated part on the Purbachal route will take 20 minutes, with the trains moving at 100kmph apart from the breaks at seven stations.

There will be a 2.5-minute break between each train on the Airport-Kamalapur route, and the waiting time between trains on the Notun Bazar-Purbachal route will be 4.4 minutes.

According to the DMTCL, the MRT line 1 project will be implemented under 12 packages, of which land development at the depot will be the first one.

The depot will be built on 92.97 acres of land near the Pitalganj and Brammonkhali areas in Narayangaj's Rupganj.

“Land acquisition for the depot is almost done. The process of appointing a contractor is at the final stage,” said MAN Siddique, managing director of DMTCL.

“The detailed design of the project has already been done,” he added.

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