The country's first-ever commuter train service started its trial journey on Chittagong-Fouzdarhat route Saturday morning.
Mizanur Rahman, Assistant Director of Public Relations of Bangladesh Railway, east zone, told BSS that the Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) train left Pahartali Railway Station of the city around 10 am.
"It returned to the same station at 12.50pm today after completing trial", he said adding that it was the first time that DEMU is plying here in Bangladesh.
The DEMU train will permanently ply on Chittagong route from May 25 next, railway sources said.
He also said similar trains will be in service in other parts of the country, if it turns out successful.
Mizanur said this DEMU service is aimed at ensuring comfortable quick journey in short distances easing pressure on roads.
A diesel electric multiple unit or DEMU is a multiple unit train consisting of multiple carriages powered by one or more on-board diesel engines.
Each DEMU train, having three coaches, can make six trips a day within 20 to 30 km distance like Chittagong- Fouzdarhat route, Mizan said.
Each DEMU can carry 300 passengers at a time which can run at a speed of 60 kilometre per hour.
In the first phase, two sets of DEMU commuter trains will ply between Dhaka and Narayanganj, and on different routes of Chittagong, railway sources said.
Commuter train services will gradually be introduced on Chittagong- Feni, Chittagong-Nazirhat and Chittagong- Dohazari routes, Dinajpur-Parbatipur-Rangpur and Lalmonirhat-Parbatipur-Saidpur routes, the source added.