Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited on Sunday signed a contract with a Japanese-Indian joint venture company for the last package of metro rail project to supply and construct its electric and mechanical systems.
The Tk 4,930 crore-contract was signed to implement the 20.1 kilometre Mass Rapid Transit Line – 6, popularly known as Metro Rail’s package 7.
DMTCL managing director MAN Siddique Marubeni (Japan) – L&T (Larsen & Toubro Limited India) JV’s representative and L&T’s chief executive for railway business Rajeev Jyoti signed the contract at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre.
At the ceremony officials have said that the metro rail’s Uttara to Agargaon portion would be opened for public by December 2019.
Under the package railway track electrical sub-station and electric supply line for train would be constructed and signalling system, telecommunication system, platform screen door, automatic fare collection system, lift and escalator would be set up.
The entire metro rail, between Uttara and Motijheel, with 16 stations, will cost Tk 21,985 crore and Japan International Cooperation Agency will fund 75 per cent of the cost while the rest will be funded by the government of Bangladesh.
By 2021, the metro rail system will be able to carry 22,530 passengers, by 2026 a total of 25,560 passengers and by 2051, 60,979 passengers on both sides every hour.
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