Special police unit to ensure metro rail security: PM

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 12:20am on September 17, 2019

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. -- UNB file photo

Putting emphasis on ensuring the security of metro rail project, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said a special police unit would be formed to this end.

The prime minister was speaking at a review meeting on the progress of the ongoing Mass Rapid Transit Project held at her official residence Ganabahban.

At the meeting, the prime minister witnessed a power-point presentation on the progress of MRT Line 6, MRT Line 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 being implemented by the government owned Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Company Ltd in collaboration with JICA.

Managing director of the DMTCL MAN Siddique made the power-point presentation on progress of the implementation of the ‘Time Bound Action Plan 2030 for Construction of the MRT Lines in Dhaka City and its adjoining areas’.

The prime minister also gave some specific directives  and guidelines to the authorities concerned to accommodate those in the implementation process.

Besides, she directed chief executive of the National Security Council Asaduzzaman Mia to look into the problems of extension of the MRT Line 6 from Motijheel to Kamalapur.

The meeting was informed that about 46 per cent of the Uttara-Agargaon part and 24 per cent of the Agargaon-Motijheel part of the MRT Line-6 had been completed so far.

The DMTCL managing director said the overall progress of works of the MRT Line -6 was 30 per cent, while works on construction of viaduct with Parapet Wall on Uttara-Motijheel part was nearing completion.

MAN Siddique assured the prime minister of completing the works of MRT Line-6 starting from Uttara to Motijheel via Agargaon by December 2021.

During the meeting, the DMTCL authorities also apprised the prime

minister of the time-bound plans of completing the MRT lines works by the year 2030 to ensure modern elevated and underground rail networks across Dhaka city.

Once done, they hoped, people in the capital city would have most modern and sophisticated metro rail system like other modern and big cities around the world.

The 20.10-km MRT Line-6 will run from Uttara and pass through Pallabi, the west side of Rokeya Sarani and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Ruposhi Bangla, TSC of Dhaka University, Doel Chattar, Topkhana Road and Bangladesh Bank.

The MRT-6 Project is being implemented spending about Tk 22,000 crore. Of the amount, JICA is providing Tk16,500 while the rest will come from the government of Bangladesh, officials said.

The fast-moving metro rail will carry 60,000 passengers in an hour touching every station once in every four minutes.

 There will be 16 stations and those are Uttara North, Central and South, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Taltala, Agargaon, BijoySarani, Farmgate, Sonargaon, National Museum, DoyelChattar, Bangabandhu National Stadium and Bangladesh Bank. 

Former shipping minister Shajahan Khan, MP, PM’s principal secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, PMO secretary Sajjadul Hassan, defence secretary Akhtar Hossain Bhuiyan, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim and JICA representatives were present at the meeting.