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29 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Dhaka’s metro-rail: A milestone in communication sector

The traffic congestion of Dhaka city is becoming worse because of increasing population, urbanisation and migration of people from rural areas
MD MUZIBUR RAHMAN
Dhaka’s metro-rail: A milestone in communication sector

Any farsighted decision, sound planning and its implementation brings many benefits to common masses of a nation. Only a democratic government and welfare-oriented state can do this for the sake of the country and for its people. For a long time, there was a feeling among the people of finding way for the solution of Dhaka city traffic jams. Traffic jam and traffic congestion in Dhaka City and its nearby areas are beyond toleration for a long time.

The traffic congestion of Dhaka city is becoming worse because of increasing population and urbanization, migration of people from rural areas to Dhaka city for lives and livelihoods. For rapid economic development and industrialization, there is no alternative to development infrastructures and mega projects for roads, rail, powers, gas, and other utilities and amenities. Among them, road connectivity is vital for overall development and smooth movement of the people of the country within shortest possible time. Thinking and taking it as a burning issue i.e. especially to ease the traffic jam in Dhaka City and its nearby areas present government has taken various pragmatic steps and measures in that line. The metro rail project is one of them.

The metro rail project is going to implement within shortest possible time and within fixed timeframe by the authority concerned. When we enter in the Dhaka city, we find that the construction work is going in full swing in the Motijeel, Paltan, Shahbag, Shere-e-Bangla Nagar and other northern parts of the project area. The First Strategic Transport Plan (STP) was initiated in 2005 for 20 years. It was then revised in 29/08/2016 which was approved by the Cabinet Division. The Revised Strategic Transport Plan (RSTP) 2015-2035 has been formulated and is going to be implemented by the Revision of Strategic Plan Authority. Its aim is to establish a planned, modern, coordinated, mass communication to ease traffic jam and traffic congestion in Dhaka City and its adjacent areas.

The Revised Strategic Transport Plan (RSTP) 2015-2035 has planned five Mass Rapid Transit/Metro-Rail line. They are MRT Line-1, MRT Line-2, MRT Line-4, MRT Line-5 and MRT Line-6 which has 100% Government’s ownership financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Dhaka Mass Transit Company limited (DMTCL) was established on 03rd June, 2013 is to plan, design, finance, construction, administer, maintain and management, maintenance and conduction of above mentioned Mass Rapid Transit/Metro-Rail. All the projects will be implemented by 08 phases. DMTCL will build MRT Line-6 in first phase.

MRT Line-6 (Metro-Rail) at a glance

Project name: Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit development project. Inauguration: 26/06/2016. Implementation Authority: DMTCL, Division: Roads Transport And Highways Division. Ministry: Roads Transport and Bridge Division. Route alignment: Uttara 03rd phase-Pallabi-Rokeya Sarani-Khamarbari-Farmgate-Hotel Sonargaon-Shahbagh-TSC-Doel-Chattar-Topakhana-Road-Bangladesh Bank and Motijeel, Dhaka. It will start with special initiative-December, 2019 (Uttara 03rd phase-Agargaon), December, 2020 (Agargaon- Motijeel). There is a table given below informing other facts of the details of the project.

It is a first track project with 20.10 kilometers length. Feasibility study of MRT Line-1 project is completed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Route alignment: Airport-Kuril-Gulsan-Badda-Rampura-Mouchak-Rajarbag-Kamalapur and Purbachal. MRT Line-5: Route: Hemaetpur-Gabtali-Technical-Kachukhet-Banani-Vatara. Both are underground related Rail Route. The process of approval of Technical Assistant Project Proposal (TPP) to implement engineering service (Detailed Design) is going by foreign assistance have undertaken by the authority. A loan agreement has been signed with JICA on 29th June, 2017.

It will be a first under-ground metro-rail in the history of Bangladesh. If we can conclude and implement these above mentioned projects, there will be a great effect on the passenger movements in Dhaka City and its nearby areas easing traffic jam and traffic congestion in near future. It will have positive impact on our economy also. Periodic development of modern, organized, sustainable transport and communication system remarkably contributes to the national economy and puts positive results on GDP (Gross National Product) growth. It will reduce public sufferings which will save money and time and people will be happy on the route for movement from one place to another.

It will be helpful to speedy movement of passengers and commercial transports also. Many developed and developing countries have implemented such type of communicating system for their own benefits and interests. We hope Dhaka metro rail project will be a shining development example for Bangladesh in near future.

Md Muzibur Rahman writes on development

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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