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6 August, 2017 07:21:10 PM
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Metro rail project: Deal signed for bringing tracks, coaches

Independent Online Desk
Metro rail project: Deal signed for bringing tracks, coaches
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Aimed at bringing tracks and coaches to set up the country's first-ever metro rail project, Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) inked a deal with Japan's Kawasaki-Mitsubishi today. 

With the presence of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader as the chief guest, Managing Director of the DMTCL and also Metro Rail Project Director Aftab Uddin Talukder and Makoto Ogawara of Kawasaki-Mitsubishi consortium signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides at a city hotel. 

While exchanging views with journalists after the signing ceremony, Quader said all the coaches would be modern and high in quality having air- conditioned facility. 

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Masato Watanabe and Nazmul Haque Prodhan, MP, Secretary of Road Transport Division MAN Siddique and JICA Chief Representative Takatoshi Nishikata also spoke at the function.

According to the deal, the Japanese company will also supply rolling stock, train simulator, machineries for depot and impart capacity- building training for officials concerned of the metro rail project. 

After the implementation of the project jointly financed by the Bangladesh government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the MRT system will run from Uttara to Motijheel carrying about 60,000 passengers per hour. 

Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited, a state-owned enterprise, is implementing the metro rail lines across the capital. 

The partial trial operation of the MRT is expected to start by the end of 2019, while the commercial operation of the full system is expected to begin by the end of 2020.bss.

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