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Old July 30th, 2005, 08:03 AM   #1
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Bangladesh Capital Needs $3.5 Billion for Smooth Transport

Bangladesh capital needs 3.5 billion dollars for smooth transport: study

DHAKA, July 24 (AFP) - Bangladesh's capital Dhaka needs 3.52 billion dollars spent on new roads and railways to prepare to meet travel needs by 2024, a World Bank-financed study said Sunday.

"Dhaka will have a population of about 36 million by 2024 and it will need an estimated 3.52 billion dollars to ensure a smooth traffic system for its inhabitants," the Strategic Transport Plan said.

"The number of vehicles moving in the city during peak hours will treble to 300,000 in two decades and the number of people on the move will be around 750,000," a study author, Mohammad Rahamatullah, said.

Dhaka, with a population of 12 million now, is already one of the world's most congested cities.

It took 37 years for its population to grow from one million to eight million. But the population is forecast to rise within a decade to 22.8 million to become the world's second largest city, according to a UN Habitat report.

The study authors said unless the government builds more roads, flyovers, underground or elevated railways and expressways, the city will become virtually unfit for living.

"If the government fails to invest heavily in Dhaka's transport system, it will simply be a dead city with commuters spending hours in traffic jams," Rahamatullah said.

According to the study, Dhaka will need a dual track commuter train to link it with its suburbs, an underground or elevated railway for commuting within the city and an immediate high speed bus service on dedicated roads.

The study also urged the banning of slow-moving cycle rickshaws from main roads to make the city more mobile. An estimated 400,000 cycle rickshaws are blamed for the traffic chaos at peak hours and they have already been banned from the city's two flyovers.

"Non-motorized transports and carriers including rickshaws and pushcarts occupy 73 percent of the roads while 54 percent of the vehicles on the roads are slow-moving," said Rahamatullah.

"These slow-moving vehicles at present carry 56 per cent of Dhaka's commuters. High-speed buses can carry these passengers by occupying only eight per cent road space," he added.

The study also forecast that all five districts adjoining Dhaka will become part of the Bangladesh capital.
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Old August 30th, 2005, 06:19 PM   #2
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Bangladesh Govt to Assess Underground Train System for Dhaka

DHAKA, Aug 30 Asia Pulse - Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda said surveys would be conducted soon on a possible underground metro-rail system in Dhaka, and an electric train on the Dhaka-Chittagong route.

The minister said this at an inter-ministerial meeting here on the implementation of projects for the development of rail communication systems in the eastern and western zones of the country.

The survey on the electric train will be conducted with the government's own funds, while that of metro-rail will use Japanese funds.

The meeting was told that the government has identified Bangladesh Railway as a thrust sector, with 29 development projects on the agenda.

Under the projects, locomotives, carriages, wagons and tank wagons would be procured apart from the modernization of old railway stations, remodeling of railway main lines, renovation of branch lines and introduction of modern computerised railway signaling system.

However, the Communications Minister expressed dissatisfaction over the slow pace in implementation of the projects and instructed the project directors to implement those within the stipulated time.

He warned that disciplinary measures would be taken against those who would fail to properly discharge their duties in implementing the projects.

Communications Secretary Md Shafiqul Islam, DG of Bangladesh Railway AFM Mustafizur Rahman, DG of Bangladesh Railway Eastern and Western zones, project directors and high officials of Finance Ministry, Planning Commission, Planning Ministry and ERD were present.

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Old November 17th, 2007, 05:19 PM   #3
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Bangladesh capital to build metro system

DHAKA, Nov 5, 2007 (AFP) - Bangladesh plans to build an underground railway in Dhaka in the next five years at a cost of one billion dollars to ease traffic in one of the world's most congested capitals, an official said Monday.

"The government has decided to build an underground railway network in the capital. The Board of Investment will soon invite international bidding for the contract," communications ministry spokesman Aminul Islam said.

The proposed 52-kilometre (32-mile) subway will ferry up to 90,000 people an hour on six lines in the capital of 12 million where an estimated 400,000 cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles vie with people, rickshaws and hand-pulled carts for space on narrow roads.

The government will give preference to consortiums which could provide finance and recoup the investment through fare charges within three decades, Islam said.

A military-backed emergency government that came to power in January following months of political unrest that led to polls being cancelled has bulldozed thousands of homes and buildings in Dhaka to ease congestion.
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Old November 17th, 2007, 05:23 PM   #4
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How about preventing city growth by strenghtening regional cities and reducing the birth rate. 34 million in a third world country sounds like a nightmare.
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Old November 18th, 2007, 07:33 AM   #5
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No way its gonna be more than 30mil I suppose its not the birth rate - its migration that is making numbers to grow
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Old November 18th, 2007, 03:16 PM   #6
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In Asia is very necessary like other parts in the world a better public system transportm but as we know, itīs expensive, is the economy of Bangladesh prepared for these works, itīs growing up? Happily the Sift has produced less deaths than ever. The things seems to get better.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 01:31 PM   #7
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36,000,000 prople living in a capital city of a third-would country would be hell. I say Dhaka should build a metro system.
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 08:36 PM   #8
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3.52 billion sounds relatively little to accommodate 36 million. one subway line already costs more than that.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 09:42 AM   #9
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Bangladesh plans to build underground railway

DHAKA, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Bangladesh's army-backed interim government has approved a nearly $1 billion project to build an underground railway to ease traffic congestion in the overcrowded capital, officials said on Tuesday.

They said the 52-km (32 mile) subway would have six lines with 50 stations linking around 80 percent of the capital, with the capacity to transport 130,000 people a day.

"It will take five to eight years to complete the whole project," said Mahbubur Rahman, secretary of the communications ministry.

The projects was conceived during the immediate past government of former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia, who ended her rule in October 2006, but a decision was delayed after the country tumbled into prolonged political violence.

A high-power committee headed by A.B. Mirza Azizul Islam, finance adviser to the interim government, which took charge in January last year, approved the proposed railway project on Monday, Mahbubur told Reuters.

The government will soon invite international bidding for awarding the contract, he added, without giving further details.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 04:42 AM   #10
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No way its gonna be more than 30mil I suppose its not the birth rate - its migration that is making numbers to grow
You are correct. Urban population is a mere 24% of the entire population. More migration from the rural places will contribute further growth.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 04:26 PM   #11
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36,000,000 prople living in a capital city of a third-would country would be hell. I say Dhaka should build a metro system.
Dhaka actually only has a population of 12 million people which is still very surprising to me.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 11:00 AM   #12
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DHAKA | Public Transport

Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, is planning to construct its first metro line soon. The first metro line, with 16 stations and a length of 20 kilometres, will stretch from Uttara to Motijheel, via Pallabi, Mirpur-10, Shewrapara, Rokeya Sarani, Farmgate, Shahbagh, Press Club and Bangladesh Bank.

In the long term, a total of three lines are planned. Here's what the Dhaka Metro system may look like when all three lines are realised:
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Old October 29th, 2014, 09:51 PM   #13
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Old October 29th, 2014, 09:54 PM   #14
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Dhaka metro station design contract awarded
Wednesday, October 29, 2014





DHAKA Mass Transit Company has appointed British architects John McAslan & Partners (JMP) to design stations for the first phase of the metro network in the Bangladeshi capital.

Line 6 will run for 20.1km from Uttura in the north of the city to Motijheel in the south with 16 elevated stations. JMP is working alongside Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Mott MacDonald, and Nippon Koei on the design phase of the $US 3bn project.

The line is being built in three phases, all of which are due to be completed by 2022, and daily ridership is expected to reach 505,000 by 2025
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I believe we already have a thread for Dhaka if I'm not mistaken however I can;t find it. Lost of non Bangladeshi nationals make them when something interesting appears about the metro. , it's all love though, we'll keep this as the permanent thread for Dhaka metro updates, etc. You can find more about Dhaka metro here.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post118644770

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Old October 30th, 2014, 01:42 AM   #16
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I started a thread here some time ago, sir.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...ighlight=dhaka

If the Dhaka transport threads are merged, please delete this message.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 07:59 AM   #17
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I started a thread here some time ago, sir. http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...ighlight=dhaka If the Dhaka transport threads are merged, please delete this message.
Thank you, I didn't knew about it
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Duplicate post; please delete.
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Dhaka's first metro line will be entirely overground/elevated? Will there be any underground sections in the Dhaka Metro lines or is the cost for underground sections prohibitively expensive in the area?
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I'm guessing it's also about flood safety. Bangladesh sometimes has floods and hurricanes so putting the metro all above ground seems very smart to me.
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