Start of work on the first underground metro in September

Physical works on Bangladesh’s first underground metro, formerly known as Mass Rapid Transit Line-1, or MRT-1, will begin in September this year, MAN Siddique, Managing Director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd, said on Wednesday. .

The 31.24 km MRT-1 line will start from Shahjalal International Airport and end in Kamalapur via Natun Bazar, he said during a seminar at the Bangabandhu International Convention Center in Dhaka after receiving the license MRT-1 of Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary Amin Ullah. Fed.

The MRT-1 line will consist of two parts – approximately 19.87 km from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kamalapur with 16.4 km of underground lines and approximately 11.37 km of elevated lines from Natun Bazar to Purbachal.

The line will have 21 stations – 12 underground and 9 overhead. In addition, 25 trains will run daily on the line. It will only take 24 minutes and 30 seconds to get from Dhaka Airport to Kamalapur, 20 minutes and 35 seconds from Natun Bazar to Purbachal, and 40 minutes from Kamalapur to Purbachal.

A passenger will be able to take a train every 2.5 minutes on the Dhaka Airport-Kamalapur route, while the waiting time between trains on the Natun Bazar-Purbachal route will be 4 minutes and 35 seconds.

The project, which is expected to be completed in 2026, will cost around Tk 52,000 crore.

MAN Siddique said he requested permission from Jica to start the main works of the underground metro depot. This may be in the first quarter (July-September) of the following fiscal year, subject to approval. The Prime Minister will then inaugurate the construction.

Bonny J. Streater