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12 August, 2017 12:52:21 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 August, 2017 12:42:19 PM
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First phase implementation on track

JAGARAN CHAKMA
First phase implementation on track

The implementation of the much hyped Mass Rapid Transit line-6 of first phase is on track and most of the components are going on as per schedule, according to insider of the project. Manager (legal affairs and public relation) of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL), Khan Mohammad Mizanul Islam thanks Japanese bidder for rapid progress of the project despite hampered immensely due to Holey Artisan Bekary attack on July 1, 2016. The attack left 20 hostages, including seven Japanese and nine Italians, dead.

Following the attack, Japanese bidders and consultants restrained from travelling to Bangladesh, owing to security concerns, which resulted in the delays, he said.

Out of the eight packages of the project, the ground work of package-1 is ongoing and 50 per cent completed till date. The rest of the work will complete my March next year.

The development components or construction packages include – CP-01 (Depot Land Development), CP-02 (Depot Civil & Buildings), CP-03, CP-04 (Viaduct & Stations, Uttara-Agargaon), CP-05, CP-06 (Viaduct & Stations, Agargaon-Motijheel), CP-07 (Electro-Mechanical Systems) and CP-08 (Rolling Stock & Depot Equipment).

A Japanese firm Tokyo Construction Ltd, is carrying out the depot land development work (CP-01). Tokyu Construction Ltd will develop the depot on a 23.84-hectare of land during the construction period at the cost of around Tk 567.56 crore.

The MRT-6 is being implemented at a cost of Tk 21,985.07 crore. Of the amount, the JICA is providing Tk16,594.59 crore while the rest of the fund of Tk 5390.48 crore  would come from government fund.

 On 3 DMTCL signed agreement with ITD Sinohydro JV to construct civil building of Uttara depot for MRT line 6 under package 2. As per agreement the Chinese company will start its implementation works on September 12 and would complete by December 2021.

On same day DMTCL signed agreement with Italian-Thai development public company limited for construction of Viaducts and elevated stations between Uttara North and Pallabi under packge-3 and construction of Viaducts and elevated stations between Pallabi and Agargaon under packge-4. Road Transport and Bridge Minister Obaidul Quder inaugurated the construction work of Viaduct and station of metro rail August 2.

The MRT Line-6 is an elevated system to be implemented in Dhaka, which will carry some 60,000 passengers from Uttara to Motijheel per hour in a day.

Tokyu Construction Corporation Ltd was awarded after concurrence from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on March 27, 2016.

Once the MRT Line-6 is in operation, the commuters would enjoy easy-going traffic and there would no more be any perennial congestion of transportations in this gradually expanding city.

On June 24, 2016, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the construction work of the metro rail project, also known as the MRT Line-6.

The 20.1km MRT Line-6 will run from Uttara Third Phase and pass through Pallabi, the west side of Rokeya Sarani and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Ruposhi Bangla, TSC of Dhaka University, Doel Chattar, Topkhana Road and Bangladesh Bank.

There will be 16 stations in Uttara North, Central and South, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara,

 

Taltala, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Sonargaon, National Museum, Doyel Chattar, Bangabandhu National Stadium and Bangladesh Bank. Mizanul Islam said the first phase will complete by December 2019 and the second page from Agargaon to Motijheel will complete by December 2020.

About package 5 and 6 to construct viaducta elevated station between Agrgaon to Karwan Bazar, and Karwan Bazar to Motijheel. Mizanul Islam said tender has been invited in favour of pre qualified bidders.

However he said the second phase will face challenges for construction of viaducts and elevated stations due to over crowded area. Regarding package 7 –procurement of electrical and mechanical system for MRT line 6, tender evaluation is going on.

Meanwhile agreement was signed on August 6 with Kawasaki-Mitsubishi consortium, Japan to supply rolling stock and equipment of Uttara depot for MRT line 6.

Mizanul Islam said Mitsubishi supply 144 coaches (24 train sets –with six coaches).

Besides, implementation work of another project Dhaka Elevated Expressway resumed after long time. According to the bridge division officials the construction to Banani will be completed in the first phase in next year. Now, rehabilitation and land development work are almost completed and the tenders are being verified.

The officials said pile driving work is going on. A total number of 647 piles, 43 pile caps, 2 full columns and 8 partial columns are constructed since beginning of the project work in August, 2015.  The investor body has installed site office, stack-yard and construction yard after filling 15.95 acres of land at Kawlar area close to Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport. Batching plant also has been installed.

According to project information, it will require almost Tk 8,940 crore to construct the flyover where the government funding is Tk 2,413 crores under PPP (Public-Private Partnarship) and the rest is from China and Italian-Thai Development Company.  

Beginning from Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport, the expressway will stretch through Kuril, Banani, Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Moghbazar, Kamlapur, Sayedabad, Jatrabari and will be end at Kutubkhali in Dhaka Chittagong Highway.

 

 

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