Metrorail not far-off now

The first set of  Metrorail coach has reached Dhaka on Wednesday. The coaches arrived in Dhaka, two days before the schedule, in the first consignment.  

An official of the Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) authorities confirmed this to the Bangladesh Post.

He said, “Coaches reached  at the jetty. However, even the coaches arrived two days before the schedule , we will need two more days to take those coaches inside the Metrorail terminal”. 

Earlier, the ship carrying six coaches of Metrorail SPM Bangkok reached Mongla port on March 31. 

According to the pre-schedule time, the first consignment of coaches was scheduled to reach the newly constructed Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) jetty on April 23 on the banks of the Turag River. But it reached Dhaka two days ahead of schedule. 

Before the first shipment of 6 railway coaches of Metrorail arrived at Mongla port in Bagerhat on March 30.

The foreign ship MVSPM Bangkok, which left the Japanese port of Kobe with these coaches, is now waiting to enter the port of Mongla. The ship will arrive at the Mongla port jetty with the state-of-the-art and valuable cargos of Metrorail. 

According to DMTCL, the railway cars are being manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industry Company Ltd. of Japan and the importer is Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd. (DMTCL). 138 more railway cars will be imported, released and transported through Mongla port by 2021-2022. 

Construction work of the metro rail is going on in full swing. Project concerned are expecting to launch the Uttara-Agargaon section next December. 

Meanwhile, 56.94 percent work of the entire Uttara-Motijheel MRT line-6 has been completed till January this year. The latest Household Survey and Social Study of the 1.16 km extension from Motijheel to Kamalapur has also been completed. 

According to sources, 52 installations are being constructed on about 200 bighas of land at the Metrorail depot in Diabari area of Uttara in the capital. One third of the installation work has been completed.

In addition, a 1500-volt power receiving station has been set up to operate the trains. A huge work station has been built where trains will be inspected every day after their operations. This work station will have 24 train maintenance facilities.

The last 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. The work of the stations with the latest facilities is also going on at a fast pace. 

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 travelling the entire route of 21.26 kms from Uttara to Motijheel-Kamalapur Railway Station in less than 40 minutes.