Dhaka Metro

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Dhaka Metro
Overview
Native name Bengali: ঢাকা মেট্রো
Locale Dhaka, Bangladesh
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 3 (planned: MRT lines 4-6)
Operation
Operation will start 2019[1] (estimated)
Technical
System length 20.1 km (12.5 mi) (MRT line 6)
System map
DhakaMetroMap.jpg

The Dhaka Metro (Bengali: ঢাকা মেট্রো) is an approved metro rail system to be constructed in Dhaka, the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. The system is referred to as the MRT, abbreviated from Metro Rail Transit. It has been long called for to solve the extreme amount of traffic jams and congestion that occur throughout the entire city on a daily basis. Dhaka's traffic congestion is among the heaviest in the world.

Overview[edit]

A feasibility study has been completed, the route has been decided upon, yet construction has not begun. The progress was stalled by a number of objections to the route alignment by numerous organisations. The deal for the first route (MRT line 6) of 20.1 kilometres (12.5 mi), costing $2.8 billion, was signed by the government with the Japan International Cooperation Agency on 20 February 2013.[2] The first route will start from Pallabi, a northern suburb of Dhaka to Sayedabad, in the south of the capital.[3] Most of the metro will be elevated above current roads, with stations also elevated.

During the first week of November 2013, the Government of Bangladesh led by the Awami League inked a deal with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to be the project consultant in helping build the Dhaka Metro. It's the first international project in which Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is providing the entire technological and logistical base in an international project.[4]

A video released by the Dhaka Transport Coordination Board appears to show that the system plans to use smartcards.

Route alignment[edit]

A tentative alignment has been decided upon for three new metro lines.

The stations on MTR Line 6 are still unclear. The Daily Star has reported that stations include Pallabi, Sayedabad, Chandrima Udyan, Bijoy Sharani, Shahbagh, TSC, Bangla Academy, Curzon Hall, Topkhana and Bangladesh Bank, but did not state where along the line they would be placed. The original map above also has different station placement to a Dhaka Transport Coordination Board video released in January 2012. The table below uses the most recent information from the DTCB video.

MRT Line 6
Uttara North (future extension)
Uttara Centre (future extension)
Uttara South (future extension)
Pallabi
IMT
Mirpur-10
Kazipara
Taltola
Agargaon
Chandrima Udyan
Farmgate
Karwan Bazar
National Museum
Bangla Academy
National Stadium
Bangladesh Bank
MRT Line 5
Sonargaon
unnamed
unnamed
Rampura
unnamed
unnamed
Badda
Gulshan
Banani
Adamjee Cantonment College
Ibrahimpur
unnamed
Section 10
Zoo Road
Mirpur
Adabar
Dhanmondi
unnamed
Sonargaon
MRT Line 4
Uttara
Airport Entrance
Airport South
Khilket
unnamed
unnamed
Army Stadium
Banani
Mohakhali
unnamed
Tejgaon
unnamed
Moghbazar
Khilgaon
Kamalapur
unnamed
Sayedabad

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan provides funds for Dhaka Metro rail system". Railway-Technology.com. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  2. ^ "Bangladesh, Japan strike deal for $2.8-bln Dhaka metro rail". GlobalPost. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Muhith to sit with armed forces to resolve metro rail site dispute". The Financial Express. 25 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "DMRC to help build Dhaka Metro". The Times of India. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 

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