The government was working on expansion of the planned metro rail network for a coordinated modern public transport management system in Dhaka metropolis and its surrounding areas.
‘The Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Company Limited is now advancing with the plan to create a combined metro rail network,’ Road Transport and Highways Division additional secretary Mohammed Belayet Hossain told BSS on Monday.
He said that the four metro-rail routes — Mass Rapid Transit Line-1, MRT Line-2, MRT Line-4 and MRT Line-5 — will be constructed to connect Dhaka with its surrounding areas for better traffic management in the mega city.
He said that the construction of a 1.5 kilometre viaduct, a partial structure of MRT Line-6, the country’s first elevated metro rail system in Dhaka city, was going on in full swing to complete it by the end of this year.
Hossain said that the 26.60-km MRT Line-1, which was divided into two parts, would run a distance of 16.40 kilometres from the airport to Kamalapur with 12 stations and a distance of 10.20 km from Natun Bazar to Purbachal on seven stations.
The MRT Line-1 was expected to be completed by 2026 at a cost of Tk 50,000 crore.
According to the project details, the MRT Line-1 would have 12 stations including Airport, Airport Terminal-3, Khilkheet, Jamuna Future Park, Natun Bazar, Uttar Badda, Badda, Hatirjheel, Rampura, Malibagh, Rajarbagh and Kamalapur.
The underground and elevated metro rail would have inter-change facility at Natun Bazar station so passengers could go to Purbachal from Airport route by using the inter-change facility.
In 2018, the government sought expression of interest for constructing the underground and elevated metro rail aimed at building north-south and east-west links in the capital city.
The MRT Line-2 with a total length of 40 kilometres will stretch from Ashulia to Kamalapur via Savar, Gabtali and BUET.
It will be constructed under government-to-government arrangements by 2030.
The government will set up the 16-km underground metro rail route of under railway tracks from Kamalapur to Narayanganj for the MRT Line-4 by 2030.
The work of fixing development associates was underway to conduct pre-feasibility study of the MRT Line-4.
The 19.60-km metro rail track of MRT Line-5 having 14 stations – nine underground and five elevated – will be constructed from Hemayetpur to Vatara via Baliarpur-Madhumati-Amin Bazar-Gabtali-Dar-Us-Salam-Mirpur l-Mirpur 10-Mirpur 14-Kochukhet-Banani-Gulshan 2-Notun Bazar.
The MRT Line-5 was expected to be constructed by 2027, as the authority signed a loan agreement with a development associate for engineering service.
The MRT Line-6, the 1.5 kilometer viaduct, partial structure of the country’s first elevated metro rail system for Dhaka, became visible between Uttara and Agargaon, will be completed by the end of this year.
‘With the installation of many piers, 1.5-km viaduct of the 20.1-kilometre metro rail has become visible and all the construction work is progressing fast,’ MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company, told BSS on Sunday.
He said that the authority had finished the construction work of around 150 piers out of around 400 of the Uttara-Agargaon part of the Mass Rapid Transit Line-6.
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