Metrorail train runs from Uttara to Mirpur
Published: 02:13 PM, 29 August 2021 Updated: 09:30 PM, 29 August 2021
The formal test run of Bangladesh’s first-ever metro train services on the viaduct in the capital has begun on Sunday.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the performance test of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6, as the chief guest by waving a green flag around 11:45 am.
The 'trial run' of the metro train, comprising six coaches, was operated from Diabari depot at Uttara to Mirpur's Pallabi station at a slow pace and without any passengers. Sources said a Japanese national was in the driver's seat during the test run.
At that time, Obaidul Quader told reporters that after a total of 14 months of performance test - which includes five months of trial run - the commercial operation of metro rail in Dhaka will begin by the end of 2022.
Earlier on Friday, people witnessed a moving metro rail as the train came out of the depot for the first time and ran slowly on the elevated rail tracks. The authorities then decided to conduct a formal trial on Sunday.
On May 11, Bangladesh's first-ever electric train was rolled out on the tracks for a test run inside the depot in Uttara, ushering in a new era of electricity-powered trains in the country.
From that day onwards, the authorities had conducted different types of tests inside the depot, which has some 20km of rail tracks. The authorities had also operated the train on a test track for speed tests.
Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL) officials said they will start the second phase of the performance test from Pallabi to Mirpur 10 within a couple of months.
The first set of the metro trains reached Dhaka on April 21 this year and the depot two days later, registering a major development in the project. So far, four sets of metro trains - out of 24 - have reached the country.
Each train has six cars that can carry a maximum of 2,308 people at a time. They were manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd in Japan, according to project officials.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6, the country's first metro rail system, is being built at a cost of Tk 21,985 crore.
Once complete, the metro rail - with 16 stations - will be able to carry 60,000 people an hour, reducing travel time from Uttara to Motijheel to around 40 minutes, from about two hours by common transports on regular days.