The first train for the country’s first metrorail under construction in Dhaka left the Japanese port of Kobe on Thursday (March 4th). It is scheduled to reach Dhaka by the end of April.
MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL), the company implementing the project, said the train left the port at 6pm local time in Japan (3pm Bangladesh time).
The train was scheduled to leave Kobe port for Bangladesh on February 20 and reach a depot at Diabari in the capital on April 23 via Mongla port.
However, it could not be sent on February 20 as the weather was not favorable, MAN Siddique told the media on February 28. “We still hope the train will reach Dhaka by April 23,” he said today. But it will also depend on the weather.
The country’s first Metrorail Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 is being constructed from Uttara to Motijheel at a cost of Tk 22,000 crore.
In August 2016, DMTCL signed an agreement with the Kawasaki-Mitsubishi Consortium to build 24 sets of trains for the Metrorail. Five sets of trains were made by December last year.
The second train of Metrorail is scheduled to reach the depot on June 18 and the third train on August 13.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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