Bangladesh PM opens first metro line in Dhaka
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed officially opened the first section of the country’s first subway in the capital, Dhaka. Line 6 is 11.7 km long and runs from Uttar north south to Agargaon with seven intermediate stations. This will be reported by Railway Supply magazine, citing IRJ.
However, trains run non-stop between terminal stations from 08:00 to noon. Full service is expected to begin March 26. The next section from Agargaon via Dhaka University to Motijheel with seven stations will open in December 2023, while the opening of the last station extension of the Motijheel – Kamalapur main line with one station is expected to follow in 2025. Travel time from Uttara to Motijheel takes 38 minutes compared to at least two hours by other means of transport in this very congested city.
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The government signed a loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency for the construction of Line 6 at a cost of US$2.8 billion in February 2013, with Japan financing about 60% of the cost through concessional loans. However, construction did not begin until June 2016, and the cost of the project later increased to US$3.1 billion. Prior to this, Dhaka Mass Transit Company (DMTCL) (KHI) and Mitsubishi entered into a contract in 2017 to supply 24 six-car subway trains along with depot equipment.
By 2030, Dhaka plans to build a metro network of six lines. Construction of Line 1, 31.24 kilometers long, was due to start last month after a two-year delay. Work on the Taka 525.6 billion (US$5.2 billion) underground line will begin with the development of land for a depot at Pitalganj in Narayanganj. The project will include a 19.87 km underground section from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kamalapur and a predominantly 11.36 km above ground section from Notunbazar to the Purbachal Terminal. Line 1 is due to be completed in December 2026.
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