Planning minister says the work is in full swing
Planning Minister MA Mannan on Wednesday said the metro rail will start operating between Dhaka's Uttara and Agargaon on December 16, which also marks the golden jubilee of the country's victory.
Admitting the fact that the project had lost pace due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he claimed the construction works have started going on in full swing, round the clock.
The minister was talking to reporters after inspecting the project site at Uttara's Diya Bari in the morning.
“A panel has been formed to settle the pricing of tickets,” he said.
Dhaka Tribune previously learned that about Tk 2.33crore will be required each day to run the metro rail, which is achievable if 483,000 people use it for travel every day.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) Managing Director MAN Siddique said the trial run of metro rail will start on April 23.
"The trial run continues for a period ranging from three months to a year in many countries. After the successful completion of the trial run, the date for the commercial will be fixed, said the minister.
“Hopefully, it will happen in July," he added.
An estimated 60,000 passengers will travel per hour on the route from 6am to 10pm, amounting to 960,000 people using the metro rail every day.
The estimated project cost of the metro rail is Tk21,985.07 crore. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will give Tk16,594.59 crore as project aid.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction work of the metro rail on June 26, 2016.
As of January 2021, the overall progress of the project stood at 56.94%. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on January 3 said that the construction work would be completed by June 2022.