The citizens of Dhaka have reason to be hopeful that, as its construction gets closer to finalizing, we may finally leave some of our traffic woes behind
Bangladesh is going through a difficult time currently, with violent protests erupting across the country and an alarming surge in coronavirus cases and deaths, and thus, any signs of hope should be welcomed and celebrated.
To that end, news that the ship carrying coaches for the Dhaka Metro Rail from Japan is set to arrive at the Mongla port today is indeed positive, and with it, brings hope that we may soon see the inauguration of the metro rail, despite the numerous obstacles that we have faced in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
These coaches should begin the integrated tests of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6 and also the trial runs that are to be carried out after the integrated test of the metro rail sets before formal operations begin.
The metro rail project has not been without its fair share of setbacks since it was first proposed, and yet, work has been steady, and the citizens of Dhaka have reason to be hopeful that, as its construction gets closer to finalizing, we may finally leave some of our traffic woes behind.
To that end, it is important that all the relevant stakeholders and authorities continue to treat the project with the seriousness it warrants. The proposed inauguration date for the metro and opening to the public has been set at Victory Day, December 16, 2021, and if we are to be successful with adhering to this date, we must continue to proceed, step by step, and complete all the necessary steps.