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Staff Correspondent
The government has been working on Metro Rail Line-6, which includes the country’s first ever underground rail line, since 2016.
In addition, the preliminary survey of Mass Rapid Transit Line-1 (MRT Line-1) has also been completed.
The metro rail project, is one of the mega projects of the incumbent government to reduce traffic congestion in busy Dhaka city.
Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority transport engineer (deputy secretary) Nasir Uddin Tarafdar confirmed the matter to Bangladesh Post.
He said, after completion of MRT Line-6 (which includes Uttara to Motijheel serving 16 stations along the way), MRT Line-1 is identified as a priority project in the revised strategic transport plan.
The MRT Line-1 is 26.6 kilometers in length. The proposed stations in the route include Kamalapur, Rajarbagh, Malibagh, Rampura, Hatirjheel, Badda, Uttara, Natun Bazar, Jamuna Future Park, Khilkhet, Airport, Bashundhara, Mastul, Purbachal West, Purbachal Centre and finally Purbachal Terminal.
Besides, this is for the first time an underground rail station is going to be constructed, which is to be 16.4 kilometers long and connect Airport to Kamalapur.
The rest of the portion, 10.2 kilometers will be an elevated section- as per Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) information.
In this regard, DTCA traffic engineer Anisur Rahman told Bangladesh Post that they have completed MRT Line-1 feasibility study including soil test, alignments, stations and underground railway station line. We will submit the final study report in August. Besides, the feasibility study of southern part of MRT Line-5 is also continuing.
According to the DTCA, the project is set to be completed by 2025. The cost of the project has been estimated at 5,39,570 million Yuan.
In the meantime, final draft of feasibility study report submitted by the consultancy firm where there is possibility of constructing alignment, stations and underground line is also cited.
Anisur said that a loan agreement for service engineering with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was signed in June last year.
The Metro Rail Authority has already received loan amount for preparing engineering design. After examining the Express of Interest (EOI) for appointing consultancy firm, Request for Proposal (RFP) for the detailed engineering design of MRT Line-1 is under process.