2 more metro rails in Dhaka

Published: 15 Oct 2019 | Updated: 16 Oct 2019   

Online Desk

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Another two metro rail projects involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 93,800 crore has been approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday.

The aim of the projects is to address the traffic congestion in the capital and infuse more dynamism in the mass transportation system.

The approval came from the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports BSS.

Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of 10 projects were approved on the day involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 1,00,025.23 crore.

“Of the total project cost, Tk30,466.02 crore will be provided from the fund of government, Tk515.84 crore from the concerned organizations’ own fund while the rest of Tk69,043.37 crore from project assistance,” he added

The Planning Minister said that the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) Line 1 and 5 would be implemented with an estimated cost of Taka 93,800 crore to tackle the traffic congestion.

Of the total cost of the two metro rail projects, Tk25,232.60 crore will come from the state exchequer including grant amount while Tk68,567.32 crore will be available as project assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited will implement both the projects.

The Planning Minister said that the ECNEC meeting was informed that the work for the two metro line projects would be completed within the stipulated timeframe and estimated cost.

According to the Planning Commission, the work for MRT Line 1 Project will be completed by December 2026 with an estimated cost of Tk52,561.43 crore. 

Of the amount, Tk13,111.11 crore will come from the government of Bangladesh portion while the rest of Tk39,450.32 crore will come as project assistance from JICA.

Out of the 31.24 kilometer MRT Line 1, around 16.21 kilometers would be underground from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kamalapur while around 11.36 kilometers from Kuril to Purbachal Depot would be elevated. 

Besides, there will be 3.65 kilometer underground transition line from Natun Bazar to Kuril.

On the other hand, the MRT Line 5 has been divided into two routes- northern and southern. The total cost for the MRT Line 5 project has been estimated at Tk41,238.54 crore of which Tk12,121.49 crore will come from the state exchequer and grants while Tk29,117 crore as project assistance from JICA.

The length of the northern route is 20 kilometers of which 6.50 kilometer would be elevated from Hemayetpur to Aminbazar while 13.50 kilometers from Aminbazar to Bhatara would be underground. This project is expected to be completed by December 2028.

The MRT Line 5 would start from Hemayetpur and end at Vatara via Aminbazar, Gabtoli, Mirpur-1, Mirpur-10, Kochukhet, Banani, Gulshan-1, and Natunbazar.

The government is currently constructing the MRT Line 6 project from Diabari of Uttara to Motijheel.


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