Metro rail likely to run in December

In the midst of the outbreak of Covid-19, 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.

These information have been revealed in the fast track progress report prepared by the Economic Relations Department (ERT). The report was recently sent to the Prime Minister's Office.

Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Company Limited Managing Director MAN Siddiqui recently said, "We hope and strive to complete the Uttara-Agargaon section by next December and start operating trains. The project authority is not going to increase its duration and cost."

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.

Meanwhile, a consignment of six bogies of Metro Rail have reached the Mongla port and 138 more bogies will come in phases.

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.