Bullet train is a symbol of a country’s technological development. Many countries around the world have been enjoying bullet train services for decades but such technology was a distant dream for Bangladesh. Of late, the government has taken a huge initiative to introduce bullet train in Dhaka-Chattogram, Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Khulna routes. We welcome the move in a bid to offer commuters fastest and world-class journey. Reportedly, the preliminary works including the feasibility test for constructing the Dhaka-Chittagong high speed rail line has already been completed while study and other paper related works for the Dhaka-Sylhet route are going on in full swing.
We cannot deny that giving shape to the dream of electric train would be a big challenge for Bangladesh as the funding of high speed rail projects will come from different foreign countries and agencies including China and Asian Bank of Development (ADB). Hence, the country should remain prepared to face such an eventuality which can lead the country towards a huge debt. Also for proper utilization of the fund, relevant authorities should strictly monitor the entire construction process of bullet train to restrain corruption and ensure transparency. The entire process of developing the project requires concerted efforts and goodwill from all the stakeholders and authorities concerned.
Railway authorities are expecting to launch Dhaka-Chattogram High Speed Rail (HSR) by 2022 which will cover the distance between the capital and the port city in just two hours. At present, it takes at least six hours to cover the distance. Most of the tourist spots in the country are located in Chattogram region. Imagine, when travelling Chittagong will take only two hours, how many holiday makers will throng the bullet train to make their weekly-holiday! Thus, Dhaka-Chattogram high speed rail will boost the country’s economic growth, create jobs and fuel the tourism industry. Dhaka-Chattogram highway is not only one of the busiest highways but also it is one of the most accident prone highways in the country. If Dhaka-Chattogram HSR service can be able to serve a large number of commuters, it will help avert unwanted accidents too.
Thus, HSR would generate a wider socioeconomic impact on the country. But, one thing should be kept in mind that the service must be affordable for the masses so that people from every walk of life can be privileged with the service.