Construction of the dream metro rail for the capital residents is going on very fast. The photo, recently taken from Kazipara of Mirpur area, shows the spans installed on the pillars. Photo: Zahiduddin Saimon

Anwar Hossain
Metro Rail is no longer a dream now. With spans installed on pillars from Shewrapara to Agargaon, two kilometres of the project is now visible in the area.
With the installation of these spans, construction work of the mega project is progressing at a faster pace.
Hundred per cent pillar work in the area is already completed while construction of the flyover base and setup of stations from Uttara to Agargaon are scheduled to complete by December 30.
Visible high rise pillars at Agargaon and span on these pillars are indicating that the work is nearing completion. Ballastless track for the metro rail will be constructed on these spans.
There will be no stone and wood slipper on the track while concrete moulding will hold the track. Considering the longevity, security, track maintenance, durability and life span, the track is more acceptable.
Till now, eight to nine spans have been installed at Shewrapara. A total of 12 span slices are being used between two pillars. Each pillar is of two diameters, underground base is of three meters, height of the pillars is 13 meters, and distance between two pillars is 30-40 meters.
People engaged in the project said, from Shewrapara to Agargaon planning commission second gate, pillar construction work is completed. Now span installation is going on. The authority in some portions kept some gap in order to construct stations as per plan.
To this end, metro rail chief engineer Abdul Baki Mia said construction work is going on round the clock to complete the work within the scheduled time.
From Uttara to Agargaon, the distance is 11 kilometres. Of it, span installations covered two kilometres, and within the next few days span installation at Agargaon will be completed.
About the gap in some portions of the pillar he said, “As per the metro rail plan, this is our technical process. Before constructing the stations, we will make both sides of the road and finally we will construct stations at the middle of the road. With the change of time, metro rail will be visible more.”
For metro rail, electricity will be taken from national grid. Per hour electricity requirement is 13.47 megawatts. For this, five power substations at Uttara, Pallabi, Taltola, Sonargaon and Bangla Academy will be established, he added.