Dhaka-Cox`s Bazar train service by 2022...

Dhaka, Tuesday   27 October 2020

Dhaka-Cox`s Bazar train service by 2022

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:24 PM, 20 September 2020  

Dhaka-Cox`s Bazar train service by 2022

Dhaka-Cox`s Bazar train service by 2022

Travel loving people will not have to sit lazily for a long time due to traffic jams on the highway. They will be able to travel in comfort. After 21 months, in June 2022, people can go directly to the tourist city of Cox's Bazar by train from Dhaka. The work of this project estimated Tk 18,034 crore is nearing completion. The stations on the Dohazari-Cox's Bazar railway line will be eye-catching and aesthetic.

Project concerns hope that Dohazari-Cox's Bazar rail line will be completed within the stipulated time. Construction of 102 km long Dohazari-Cox's Bazar railway, one of the fast track projects of the government, is now visible. In the meantime, 42 percent work of the project has been completed despite coronavirus situation. Although the project work has been closed for a few days but is now going on in full swing. Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujon visited the project last week.

Trains will start running on Dhaka-Cox's Bazar route by June 2022, connecting to the railway network across the country, said the Railway Minister.

Nurul Islam Sujon said the process of compensation for land acquisition for the Cox's Bazar-Dohazari railway construction project is at the final stage. Compensation transfers will be completed as soon as possible. After that, the construction work of Dohazari-Cox's Bazar railway will be completed by June 2022.

The government has taken initiative to build 102 km long rail line from Dohazari of Chattogram to Cox's Bazar via Ramu and another 28.75 km from Cox's Bazar to Ghumdhum border for a direct rail link with the capital Dhaka and tourist city Cox's Bazar. The government approved the DPP of the project on July 6, 2010, for the construction of the new railway. On 19 July 2020, the revised DPP of the project was approved. 

At that time, the implementation period of the project was fixed from July 2010 to June 2022. Sources said that in the first phase, Dohazari to Cox's Bazar rail line will be constructed under this project. The railway from Ramu to Ghumdhum will be completed in the second phase. The cost of the project, which is being implemented by the government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has been estimated at Tk 18,034.47 crore. Of this, ADB funding is $150 crore. 

On April 3, 2011, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone for the construction of Dohazari-Ramu-Cox's Bazar and Ramu-Ghumdhum single line dual gauge railway line at Chowdhurypara in Jhilangja mouzar of Cox's Bazar. But the project has been stalled for several years due to financial constraints. When the ADB came forward with the funding, the first loan agreement of the government was signed with them on June 21, 2017. And in the second phase, another agreement was signed on 23 May 2019. It is learned that the land acquisition of the project is almost complete. The complexity of the forest department has also been solved. Bangladesh Railway project implementation work is in full swing. The project is being constructed in two lots by China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC), a Chinese contractor, Tama Construction Company Limited and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and Max Infrastructure Limited. 

According to project sources, the railway will run through Chandnaish, Satkania, Lohagara, Chakaria, Ramu and Cox's Bazar Sadar upazilas of Chattogram. There are still 30 to 40 houses in the line construction area. Homeowners will be rehabilitated quickly with compensation. Implementing agencies started visible work on the project in March and July 2018. According to railway sources, In the first phase of the project, 102 km main railway line and 39.2 km loop line from Dohazari to Cox's Bazar via Ramu - a total of 141 km new single line dual gauge track is under construction. Soil filling work is underway for the construction of a 90 km railway in different parts of the 102 km area. There are six big bridges on the railway. Now the work of the bridge will be completed as soon as the girder is installed. Out of 39 bridges, 30 have been completed. These will now have girders and railway sleepers. Most of the work on 145 other small bridges and culverts have been completed. There will be 96 level crossings of different classes. 

Underpasses and overpasses are being constructed for the elephants. There will be eight stations from Dohazari to Cox's Bazar. These are Dohazari, Lohagara, Harbang, Chakaria, Dulahazara, Islamabad, Ramu, and Cox's Bazar. The junction will be at Ramu. The iconic Intermodel Terminal Building will be constructed at the railway station in Cox's Bazar. The station will be oyster-shaped. The piling work of Cox's Bazar railway station has been completed and now the ground floor work is underway.

At the same time construction work of Dulahazara railway station is also going on. The ground filling work of the remaining stations has been completed. The main construction work will start in this dry season. A second lot of railway construction will include a 50 km track from Chakaria to Cox's Bazar via Ramu and the construction of the iconic Intermodel Terminal Building in Cox's Bazar. The cost of this project is estimated at Tk3,591 crore and 20 lakh. Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan last week oversaw the construction of overpasses and underpasses for elephant crossings inside the forest in the project area.