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First set of metro-train on its way to Bangladesh from Japan

  • Published at 07:13 pm March 4th, 2021
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Recent photo of the under-construction Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project, commonly known as metro rail project, in Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

It will reach Uttara Metro Rail Depot on April 23, says DMTCL managing director

A vessel carrying the first set of metro-train left for Bangladesh’s Mongla port from the Port of Kobe in Japan on Thursday.

“The ship carrying the train set comprising six coaches departed the Kobe port for the Mongla seaport around 6pm Japan Standard Time (3pm Bangladesh Standard Time) today,” Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL) Managing Director MAN Siddique told BSS.

He said the train set will reach the Uttara Metro Rail Depot on April 23.

“We have carried out a third-party inspection of the train manufactured in Japan, as the Japanese government imposed travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic,” Siddique said.

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According to project details, integrated tests of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line 6 will be carried out before formal operation, and trial runs will also be carried out after an integrated test of the metro rail sets. 

It said the length of the metro rail route up to Motijheel was 20.10 km. But now it has been extended to the Kamalapur Railway Station by 1.16 km. As a result, the number of stations was also increased to 16.

There will be a total of 16 stations on the 21km route of the MRT Line 6. The stations are Uttara North, Uttara Centre, Uttara South, Pallabi, Mirpur 11, Mirpur 10, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarani, Framgate, Karwan Bazar, Shahbag, Dhaka University, Bangladesh Secretariat and Motijheel.