Installation of viaduct completed

Metro rail service may open on Victory Day

The last viaduct of Metro Rail has been installed on Sunday. With this installation, the connection of MRT-6 from Uttara to Agargaon is now totally visible. 

The viaduct was installed on pillar number 375 and 376 in presence of Managing Director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) M A N Siddique and other officials. 

M A N Siddique said, “The project is moving ahead with a plan to officially inaugurate the first Metrorail service in Bangladesh on December 16, 2021, the 50th anniversary of independence. If Covid-19 crisis was not there, the progress of the work would have increased”. 

“We hope to be able to launch Metrorail service from Agargaon to Uttara on the great Victory Day. Our local and foreign experts are trying their best to achieve the goal,” he added. 

According to sources, the first shipment of the Metro train set from Japan has started and those will reach the country on April 23. 

During a visit to the city's Uttara Metrorail Depot on February 18, Planning Minister MA Mannan said, “The total length of the section from Agargaon to Uttara in the capital is 11.73 km. There are nine stations on this route. The 11.4-km viaduct is visible. Metrorail will run on this route on the day of great victory this year”. 

The total length of the metro rail route up to Motijheel was 20.10 km. But now it has been extended to Kamalapur Railway Station by 1.16 km. As a result, the number of stations was also increased to 16.

There will be a total of 16 stations on the 21-km route of the Mass Rapid Transit-MRT Line-6. The stations are: Uttara North, Uttara Center, Uttara South, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarawni, Farmgate, Karwan Bazar, Shahbag, Dhaka University, Bangladesh Secretariat and Motijheel. 

According to the project details, the metro rail is projected to carry 60,000 passengers per hour by traveling the entire route of 21.26 kms from Uttara to Motijheel-Kamalapur Railway Station in less than 40 minutes.