Ctg should have an underground metro: Hasan Mahmud

Minister of Information, Dr. Hasan Mahmud. Photo courtesy: BSS

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Minister of Information, Dr. Hasan Mahmud. Photo courtesy: BSS

Sadarghat, Chawkbazar and Bahaddarhat – the densely populated areas of Chattogram city – already have flyovers and there is no space to build an underground metro, Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud.

“In some parts of the city, the population is very high. It is difficult to build an underground subway. It is important to make a plan to build an underground subway,” the minister said.

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“It is important to think about how to bring the metro across the Karnaphuli River,” he said.

“The people of Chattogram didn’t think there would be a metro in the city. There was also no demand (for it). The Prime Minister took into consideration the development of Chattogram,” added the minister.

“About a million people currently live in the port city and it is possible that this number will double within 10 years,” he said.

The minister made the remarks during a meeting on the feasibility study of the master plan for a transport and metro system in the city of Chattogram and during a press briefing in the conference room of Chittagong Circuit House this morning.

“The (South) Korean government is giving us a grant of five million dollars for the metro feasibility study,” added the minister.

Chattogram Divisional Commissioner Md Ashraf Uddin chaired the meeting, which was chaired by Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mominur Rahman.

Kim Taehyun, Deputy Country Manager of KOICA; Additional Secretary of Department of Road Transport and Highways, Md Abdul Malek; Joint Secretary Mahbubur Rahman; Mayor of Chattogram City Corporation Rezaul Karim Chowdhury; Chittagong Development Authority Chairman Zahirul Alam Dobhas spoke, among others, on the occasion.

The feasibility study would be conducted with the support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Earlier at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered to build a metro in the port city.

Bonny J. Streater