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Dhaka, Saturday   17 April 2021

Metrorail work underway in full swing amid pandemic

 Tanvir Rasib Hashmi

 Published: 01:06 PM, 8 April 2021   Updated: 02:06 PM, 8 April 2021

Metrorail work is going on in full swing even in the pandemic; Photo: Collected

Metrorail work is going on in full swing even in the pandemic; Photo: Collected

Despite the outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus (Covid-19), the work of the metro rail is underway in full swing at a cost of Tk 21,985 crore. Of this, Tk 5,390.48 crore is being spent from the government’s own funds and Tk 16,594.59 crore from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loans. 

While visiting the areas of Mirpur-10, Shewrapara, Kazipara and Agargaon, it can be seen the work of constructing the stations for metro rail is going on rapidly.

According to Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) sources, the progress of the entire Uttara-Motijheel MRT Line-6 has been progressed 56.94 percent till January. The latest household survey and social study of the 1.16 km extension from Motijheel to Kamalapur have also been completed. 

MN Siddiqui, managing director, DMTCL, said it was such a project that could not be extended its duration and cost. “The project is still on the right track.”

The Uttara-Agargaon part of the Metrorail is now almost visible; Photo: Collected

Meanwhile, 52 installations are being set up on about 200 bighas of land at the Metrorail depot in the Diabari area of Uttara in the capital. One-third of the installation work has been completed. The remaining work is also 80 percent completed.

Besides, a 1500-volt power receiving station has been set up to operate the train. A huge workstation has been built. The trains will be inspected here on a daily basis after they run. This workstation will have 24 train maintenance facilities simultaneously.

The latest viaduct on the pier from Uttara to Agargaon has also been completed. The work of laying the railway line on the viaduct is also nearing completion.

A total of 17 stations will be constructed in the entire project from Uttara to Kamalapur. Of these, Uttara Center, Bijoy Sarani and Motijheel stations will be the iconic stations.

Work of stations with ultramodern facilities is also underway in full swing

The country’s first metro rail route under the implementation in collaboration with Japan will run 24 sets of trains on this route. Each train will have six bogies.

There will be various arrangements in the stations such as ticket counters, lounges, automatic food stalls, prayer places, waste management plants, operations and maintenance rooms, automatic monitoring system without a ticket or extra ticket, fire-fighting system, ascending stairs, escalators. 

Meanwhile, a consignment of six bogies of Metrorail has reached Mongla port. The imported bogies were unloaded from Yard No. 7 of Mongla Port on March 31. 138 more bogies will be imported, shipped and transported through Mongla port between 2021-2022.

Imported carriages are unloaded from Yard No. 8 of Mongla Port; Photo: Collected

ABM Arifur Rahman, project manager of DMTCL’s Contract Package-8, told Daily Bangladesh that 24 passenger train coaches would be imported under Metrorail’s Line-6 Contract Package-8. “We have all kinds of preparations. If the weather and COVID situations are normal, from now on six bogies for each coach will reach Mongla port once a month,” he said.

“After unloading the first six bogies at Mongla port, they were taken to our own jetty on the banks of the Turag river in Dhaka by waterway,” he said.

Rear Admiral Mohammad Musa, chairman of the Mongla Port Authority, said the capacity of the Mongla port has multiplied in the last few years. The valuable parts including the reactor of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant have come through Mongla port. “Hopefully, in the future, the government will bring important goods through Mongla port,” he added.

The capacity of Mongla port has increased in the last few years; File Photo

It is to be noted that the implementation period of the Metrorail project started in July 2012 and expected to be completed by June 2024.  

The distance of Metrorail from Uttara to Motijheel is 20.10 km. It is learned that 4.83 lakh passengers will be able to travel every day within 35 minutes.