Subway construction work begins next March...

Dhaka, Thursday   29 July 2021

Subway construction work begins next March

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:08 PM, 17 June 2021   Updated: 09:13 PM, 17 June 2021

Underground metro rail; Representational Photo

Underground metro rail; Representational Photo

The underground metro rail construction work in Dhaka would begin in March 2022, said M.A.N Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL).

He said this at an online press briefing on Thursday.

The DMTCL managing director said the depot will be built first. After that, the work on subway, stations and ancillary infrastructure will begin in phases. Subway passenger transport will start in 2026.

He said the construction of the first subway in Dhaka will be done through the MRT-1 project through 12 packages. In the first package, tenders have been called for the development of depot land and the construction of ancillary infrastructure. The tender process will be completed by next September. “We hope it will be possible to start the work of depot at Pitalganj in Rupganj within 6 months.”

He added there will be two parts to this line. The first part will be completely underground. The length of the underground part from Dhaka Airport Railway Station to Kamalapur Railway Station is 19.87 km. On the other hand, a flyover will be constructed from Kamalapur to Purbachal with a length of 11.36 km. 

Informing the purchase of 25 trains for the Dhaka subway, M.A.N Siddique said each train will have eight coaches. Each train can carry 3,088 passengers at a time and it will be possible to transport 8 lakh passengers every day through the whole line. The construction cost of the subway is Tk 52,561 crore.