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Old November 6th, 2014, 08:15 PM   #21
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Metrorail: Eight bids next year



Eight tenders will be floated next year for various construction works of metro rail in Dhaka, the road transport minister has said.

The Tk 220 billion project would be divided in eight ‘contract packages (CP)’ for easy implementation, said Obaidul Quader on Wednesday.

CP-1 and CP-2 will be for building and developing train depots. The construction of the 20.1 km-long track and 16 stations will be encompassed under CP-3, CP-4, CP-5 and CP-6.

CP-7 and CP-8 will be for developing electro mechanical system and rolling stock.

“From January next year we’ll start inviting bids and the deals will be signed within 2016,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, some foreign newspapers reported that a British architecture firm John McAslan had been given the work to design the metro stations.

But the minister said, “They gave us a proposal but no contract has been signed with them.”

Earlier, Metrorail Project Director Md Mofazzal Hossain told bdnews24.com that the project’s ‘detailed design’ would be finalized before July next year.

The government hopes to complete the project by 2019.

RAJUK, the capital development authorities, have handed over 5.69 hectares out of the total 22 hectares of land required for the metro rail depots.

“The work is on to hand over the rest,” said Quader.

The construction of Metrorail Line-7, a 36 km long track from Purbachol to Narayanganj will also be started while construction work for line-6 is already underway.

“We’re getting ready to build Metrorail line-7. It will connect Purbachal, Badda, Kamalapur and Narayanganj. The government plans to build another line for the Metrorail,” the minister said while refusing to elaborate more.

Each of the 56 trains in the proposed mass transit system will carry 1,800 passengers and will run every four minutes to transport 60,000 people every hour.

The 16 Metrorail stations will be Uttara (North), Uttara (Centre), Uttara (South), Pallabi, IMT, Mirpur 10, Kaziparha, Taltala, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Sonargaon, National Museum, Doel Chattar, Bangabandhu National Stadium and Bangladesh Bank.

The tracks will run above the middle of roads and each train will take less than 40 minutes to run the whole distance.

JICA, the agency that coordinates development assistance for the government of Japan, will provide Tk 165.95 billion for the mass transit system, approved by ECNEC in 2012.

Bangladesh government will take care of the remaining Tk 53.90 billion.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/banglade...ail-dhaka-2019
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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.
Oh, so it'll maybe be like Miami, where an entirely-above ground metro was the only option due to the high ground-water level in its area. Or probably like Bangkok, even though they're already building underground sections right now. Hopefully Dhaka's above-ground metro stations won't have to be too "ugly".
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Think that, if the sea level rise 6 meters, half of Bangladesh would be under water (http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123545). I guess that an underground metro was not even an option.
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afraid of flood....so elevated train should be a good option...
like bangkok
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Yes, you are all right! Bangladesh sits on the largest delta in the world, the ganges delta, which comprises of a number of large rivers, namely the Padma (distributary of the Ganges), Jamuna (distributary of the Brahmaputra) both these rivers merge to the Meghna along with 800 other rivers that flow from the Himalayas and other mountains near. When these mountains shed a lot of ice/snow, it floods the basin (this actually happens annually). Unluckily for Dhaka, the central location of which it is situated in, which is on the crossroads of the mega rivers, make it more prone to flooding. The city itself unlike others is unique, the city is surrounded by 4 minor rivers each to each side of compass, east- the Balu river, South and West - the Buriganga and to the north the Turag river, which make it further susceptible to flooding. Also due to Dhaka topography on alluvial soil, which is one of the most fertile soil, a soil that shifts and stirs, it makes it hard to build underground as it wont be able to hold togather. Think of it as this way, the soil is like liquid and when you put a solid into a liquid it moves with the current and that is most likely what will happen with the underground, it will move with the soil therefore not staying firm. The only way to build is to build on top because of the location and topography of Dhaka. This is because, it's least cost effective. Also it's the strongest method. Bangladesh is also susceptible to earthquakes and liquefaction, floods and cyclones, and therefore it's just a good idea to build above.

Also Dhakas quite unplanned as a city, and is going through rapid urbanisation as the population swells, and therefore more and more apartments are being built, so it will be hard to build an underground metro under the already poor and week infrastructure.

I still wonder why the BIWTA (Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority) have not come up with the idea to make river ports around Dhaka's 3 rivers to connect the cities several thanas (thanas=neighborhood) to transport people.

This metro, is part of bigger transport plan for the city, the city will have three (or even 4, the forth being the planned eastern line from purbachal new town to narayaganj) metro lines, 3 BRT lines that will ply the city, even the BRT lines are partially raised from the chaotic traffic below - to free it from conjestion the BRT will elevated on expressway, flyover, etc.

And Yes just like Miami and Bangkok. Miami used to actually be a mangrove forest, hence it's fertility level.
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10 times fine for ticketless metro rail travellers

The Cabinet has endorsed a draft law that proposes to fine ticketless metro rail travellers ten times the price of the ticket they did not buy.

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The offender will land in jail for six months if they are unable to pay the fine.

The draft of ‘Metro Rail Act 2014’ was passed in the regular Monday meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Tk 220 billion project to build Dhaka’s first metro rail is expected to be complete by 2019.

Cabinet Secretary M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said after the meeting that a ‘special provision’ was there in the Act for land acquisition.

“Government’s priority project metro rail (MRT-6) will be operated by Mass Transit Company Limited. Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) will be in charge of the project,” he said.

Any future project of this nature will also come under the purview of the Act, the cabinet secretary added.

“If any other company (public/private) wishes operate the metro rail in future it will have to obtain licence. A committee, led by DTCA executive director, will be in charge of providing licence.

“However, a public enterprise won’t have to pay the licence fee.”

JICA, the agency that coordinates development assistance for the government of Japan, will provide Tk 165.95 billion for the mass transit system. The government will fund the rest.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader already had spoken of the plans to start the metro rail service from Uttara Third Phase to Agargaon within 2019.

The government is hoping this project will play a huge role in solving the city's traffic congestion and transportation problems.

Cabinet Secretary Bhuiyan said the proposed Act outlined ticket fare, appointment of inspectors, penalties for accident and violation of laws.

The draft stated a DTCA committee will determine the fare and will also appoint inspectors.

Insurance for the metro rail and passengers had been made mandatory, said Bhuiyan.

Provisions of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of Tk 10 million have been kept for someone who will break the law.

“There has been a provision for 10 years’ imprisonment and a penalty of Tk 10 million for transferring licence without permission and two years in jail and Tk 200,000 fine for disrupting operations.”

Apart from that, if someone thwarts the construction and maintenance of a metrorail or if a person trespasses in restricted areas, he or she will be liable for a year in prison and a fine of Tk 500,000.

If someone breaches security of the metrorail, the person will face a jail term of five years and a fine of Tk 5 million, the Act further says.

The secretary said provision for penalties of 10 years in prison and Tk 10 million in fine had been kept in the draft Act if someone used fake tickets.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the project in 2012.

The under-construction Metro Rail Line-6 will go through Mirpur-Farmgate, starting from Uttara and ending at Motijheel. The trip will take less than 40 minutes.

The project’s 16 metro rail stations will be at Uttara (North), Uttara (Centre), Uttara (South), Pallabi, IMT, Mirpur 10, Kaziparha, Taltala, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Sonargaon, National Museum, Doel Chattar, Bangabandhu National Stadium and Bangladesh Bank.

The metro rail can carry with 1800 passengers every four minutes, transiting 60000 people every hour, says the government.

http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/...ail-travellers
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Metro rail bill goes to Parliament

"The bill to create a law for administration and maintenance of Dhaka’s metro rail has been placed before Parliament.

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Metro Rail Bill-2014 was sent to a parliamentary committee after Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader placed it on Sunday.

The committee has been given four weeks to examine it.

The draft of ‘Metro Rail Act, 2014’ was approved by the Cabinet on Nov 10.

Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Authority (DTCA) will decide the passenger fare by forming a committee and employ inspectors as well, the draft law has proposed.

Insurance has been made mandatory for trains and its passengers, the violation of which may lead to maximum 10 years in prison and fines of up to Tk 100 million.

The same penalty applied to unauthorised transfer of licence. Any obstructions to the metro rail’s administration will lead to two years in prison and maximum Tk 200,000 fine.

The bill set the punishment for obstructing the metro rail’s construction and maintenance to one year in prison and Tk 500,000 as fine.

Trespassing into restricted areas will lead to a year in prison and fine of Tk 500,000. The penalty for violating the safety of a train was 5 years in prison and fine up to Tk 5 million.

The proposed law also sets tough penalties for riders without tickets who will be made to pay ten times the price of the ticket they did not buy.

Inability to pay the fine will land the offender in jail for six months.
Ten years in prison and Tk 10 million in fines will be penalties for fake metro rail tickets.

The bill also has a ‘special provision’ for requisition of land for the Mass Rapid Transit Development Project.

No compensation will be paid to individuals responsible for constructing homes or other structures, ‘against public interest’, on a land requisitioned for the construction, governance, maintenance or any other relevant work of the project, the bill said.

The offences mentioned in the bill can be tried at mobile courts.

Licences are required for running trains for the metro rail but companies fully owned by the state will not have to pay fees.

A provision has been kept for government and private partnership in constructing, administrating and maintaining the metro rail.

Each of the 56 trains in the proposed mass transit system will carry 1,800 passengers and will run every four minutes to transport 60,000 people every hour.

The 16 metro rail stations will be Uttara (North), Uttara (Centre), Uttara (South), Pallabi, IMT, Mirpur 10, Kaziparha, Taltala, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Sonargaon, National Museum, Doel Chattar, Bangabandhu National Stadium and Bangladesh Bank.

The tracks will run above the middle of roads and each train will take less than 40 minutes to run the whole distance"

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Damn, 'eavy fines!
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Dhaka Metrorail to carry 60,000 people per hour

"Each of the 56 trains in the proposed Metrorail mass transit system will carry 1,800 passengers and will run every four minutes, or 60,000 people every hour.

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The tracks will run above the middle of roads, starting from Uttara and ending at Motijheel. Each train will take less than 40 minutes to run the whole distance.

Speaking to bdnews24.com, Metrorail Project Director Md Mofazzal Hossain said each train will have six coaches.

“Assuming there will be eight people per square metre at the busiest hour, each train will be able to carry 1,800 people,” he said.

Of the total cost of Tk 220 billion, JICA, the agency that coordinates development assistance on behalf of the government of Japan, will provide Tk 165.95 billion. The Bangladesh government will take care of the remaining Tk 53.90 billion.

The Metrorail’s detailed design will be finalised in July next year, he said. The project will be completed by 2019.

Call for eight bids for construction

The Metrorail Project is preparing to invite eight bids for six construction packages.

“Primarily we’ll invite the bids for the construction of the Metrorail Depot at Uttara Third Phase in December,” Hossain said.

“From early next year you’ll see the construction work begin.”

“Serially we’ll invite four bids for the bridge and the stations, one for the rail coach purchase and another for the electrical mechanical works,” he said.

The bidding process will continue until 2017.

An electric train has been introduced in India’s Mumbai this year. The one in Dhaka is being built in the same model. The Metrorail will run over the middle of the road.

Its bridge will be about two-storey high and the stations will have two floors.

“We’ll build this 21 kilometres long bridge first and then lay tracks on it,” Hossain said.

“The first floor of the stations will have automated doors and ticket booths,” he said.

The stations will be 180 metres long. There will be no air conditioning at the stations.

During the construction project five temporary construction yards will be built and the work will be done from 11pm to 6am.

The cabinet on principle approved a law related to land acquisition for the Metrorail on Apr 28.

ECNEC approved the project in 2012.

The 16 Metrorail stations will be Uttara (North), Uttara (Centre), Uttara (South), Pallabi, IMT, Mirpur 10, Kaziparha, Taltala, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Sonargaon, National Museum, Doel Chattar, Bangabandhu National Stadium and Bangladesh Bank."
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Metro-rail to pass thru parliament area
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"Costs of the metro-rail project are going up again. A site in Rajuk's Uttara phase-3 has been selected for a metro-rail depot, but the soil there is not earthquake resistant. It has been decided to develop the soil of the depot site to render it resistant to earthquakes. This has pushed costs up. The exact sum of these additional costs hasn't been calculated as yet.

According to the latest design, the metro-rail will go through about 55 metres or approximately 183 ft of the Sangsad Bhaban's palm grove. This will call for special considerations to be given to the aesthetics of the parliament building and its landscaping.

Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) has said that if the rail is not taken through the parliament area, then a few buildings, including Islamiya Eye Hospital, will have to be pulled down. The parliament area is being used in order to avoid this. The design will be devised so as not to destroy the aesthetics of the area. Advanced technology will also be used to avoid sound pollution.

Environmentalists and architects have long opposed this project, contending it will harm Louis Kahn's architectural design and landscaping of the Sangsad Bhaban and its adjoining areas. They had wanted the metro-rail to go through the Bijoy Sarani route instead.

Architect Iqbal Habib, leader of the environmental movement Paribesh Bachao Andolon, told Prothom Alo that all problems could be avoided if the metro-rail was taken along Chandrima Uddyan to the Bijoy Sarani route. However, the parliament building route was selected due to unjustified objections from the air force. He pointed out that in the 2004 strategic transport plan (STP), Bijoy Sarani had been the route selected for metro-rail-6. This same route was also mentioned in the Japan agency JICA's study.

Project director Mofazzel Hossain told Prothom Alo that the cabinet committee had already fixed the metro-rail route. The project work would proceed with all endeavours to create least harm as possible.

The metro-rail project costs had been estimated at Tk 219.85 billion. Japan's international donor agency JICA would provide Tk 165.94 million. The rest would be borne by the Bangladesh government. Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) is implementing the project. The project's executive agency is the Dhaka Transport Coordinating Authority (DTCA) under the ministry for road transport and bridges. Its technical name is Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)-6.

ECNEC approved the metro-rail project in 2012. The project term is till 2024. However, the project authorities intend to have a section ready for passenger commute by 2019. NKDM led by Nippon Koei have been appointed as consultants for the project design and related matters.

DMTCL sources have said that the metro-rail project has no financial constraints. Designing and other work is progressing rapidly as this is a priority project of the government. The initial layout of the project design will be ready next month. The design of 16 stations has been completed. DMTCL plans to float tender notices from February onwards for depot development, engine-coach purchase and rail-lines.

The metro-rail is to run from Motijheel to Uttara phase 3. It will be 20.1km long. The rail-lines and stations will all be elevated, 13 metres above ground level. There will be 24 train sets, each with six bogies. The target is set to carry 60 thousand passengers per hour.

The cabinet committee approved the proposed metro-rail route on 8 March last year. Its 16 stations will be at Motijheel, Press Club, TSC, Shahbagh, Kawran Bazar, Farmgate, Bijoy Sarani, Agargaon, Sheorapara, Kazipara, Mirpur-10, Mirpur-11, Pallabi, Uttara (south), Uttara (middle), and Uttara (north).

Geological surveys are being carried out at various points of the city for this project.



55 metres of the parliament premises: The metro-rail will run above the road divider from Pallabi to Motijheel. It will only move away from the road dividers at Sangsad Bhaban and Farmgate. According to the latest decision, it will go in front of Khamarbari through the Farmgate park.

The Khamarbari curve is the main reason that the rail-line is being taken through 55 metres of the parliament premises, said project sources. Large trees of the Farmgate park will be felled. There are still no structures along the route from Uttara phase 3 to Pallabi and so there are no problems there for the time being. However, the authorities are concerned about the soil of the area.

In order to save Khamarbari, there had been plans to take the metro-rail along the route behind Islamiya eye hospital, but three blocks of the hospital and a part of Farmview supermarket would have to be demolished. If the line is taken through the parliament area and Farmgate park, then Khamarbari, the eye hospital and the supermarket will all be saved.

The metro-train cannot take sudden curves. It will even have to slow down to 40km/hr when going through the 55 metre curve of the parliament area. The highest speed of the metro-rail is to be 100km/hr."
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NO NO NO, WHAT A DISASTER. Cant we even save one place of heritage? WHAT A SHAM.
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The new Dhaka Metro has to take up even a small portion of the lawn of the National Parliament Building (Specifically, 55 metres of the palm grove wlll be torn out).

If a city can't build underground due to potential for flooding and have no choice but to build its metro aboveground, then problems like this would be practically unavoidable.
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The new Dhaka Metro has to take up even a small portion of the lawn of the National Parliament Building (Specifically, 55 metres of the palm grove wlll be torn out).

If a city can't build underground due to potential for flooding and have no choice but to build its metro aboveground, then problems like this would be practically unavoidable.
It's the size and stature of an elevated metro that bothers me, it will destroy the sorroundings of the national assembly of Bangladesh (Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban), that is all, I don't mind that it's 55 meters, that's quite minimal. Also note that there where other available routes mentioned. So why didn't they take those? This is just less of a hassle for them.
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Metro rail cost to rise for depot
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Metro rail project staff conducting geo-technical survey at a site in Agargaon area of the capital to determine the nature of the soil. The photo was taken yesterday

The first tender of the much-expected Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (metro rail) will be floated in January to purchase locomotives and coaches.

The government planned to float tender for the lone depot first, but it has been delayed because of failure in completing soil tests in the proposed area.

Metro rail project officials say they have recently procured 21.85 hectares (54 acres) of land from Rajuk’s Uttara Third Phase Project to build the depot. But as per a recent soil test report, the area is not suitable for the construction of any type of infrastructure after general piling.

So, a specialised piling system called “sand confection piling” is needed now, but it is expensive, the officials say.

The estimated cost of the 20.1km elevated metro rail project – stretching from Uttara to Motijheel – is Tk21,985.07 crore, which will be divided into eight contract packages. Officials say they now need more money to accommodate the sand confection piling. However, they could not say how much the cost may rise.

Project Director Mofazzel Hossain said: “Separate tenders will be floated for the eight contract packages starting from January until July 2016.”

He expressed hope that the first part of the construction may end by December 2019 while the whole project will be completed by 2024.

To build the only depot has been given priority as it would be needed to set the project rolling, Mofazzel said.

“As per the test report, soil of the depot area is less suitable for any construction work. Moreover, we have already purchased land from Rajuk. In this situation, the cost of depot construction will rise.

“Since we need to revise the cost of building the depot, we cannot float tender for this part,” he said.

Under the first tender, 24 locomotives and 144 coaches would be procured from manufacturers and suppliers. The 24 trains, each having six coaches, will run from Uttara to Bangladesh Bank, Mofazzel added.

The second tender will be floated to develop different kinds of infrastructure on the depot site, including administrative buildings, rest houses, staff quarters, water-treatment plant and training institutes.

As per the plan, the metro rail will have 16 stations to connect Uttara and Motijheel via Pallabi, Mirpur 10, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Karwan Bazar, Shahbagh, the TSC and the National Press Club.

The last tender will be called to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply and other mechanical supply for the project.

The government took the project under a 20-year-long Strategic Transport Plan (STP), after Japanese consultants in 2011 found that the Uttara-Motijheel corridor was feasible for the first metro rail.

The trains will run every 3.5 minutes and take 37 minutes to reach Motijheel from Uttara.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has committed to funding of Tk16,594.59 crore while the government will provide Tk5,390.48 crore.

A Japanese consortium is currently working on the detailed design of the project. It is also carrying out a topographical survey, traffic survey and geotechnical survey in different parts of the project area.

- See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/banglade....OzS2g2n9.dpuf
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Under the first tender, 24 locomotives and 144 coaches would be procured from manufacturers and suppliers. The 24 trains, each having six coaches, will run from Uttara to Bangladesh Bank, Mofazzel added.
A Metro with locomotives?
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Old January 29th, 2015, 08:54 AM   #36
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Dhaka metro tender planned for January 31
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BANGLADESH's minister for road transport and bridges, Mr Obaidul Quadar, says a tender to pre-qualify bidders for a contract to supply 24 six-car metro trains will be published on January 31

However, the estimated cost of the trains has yet to be approved by the Dhaka Metro Rail authority and Japan International Cooperative Agency (Jica) which is helping to fund the project.

Quadar says that construction of the Bangladeshi's capital first metro line linking Uttara Third Phase, Agargaon, Farmgate and Motijheel will start in December. Completion of the first section from Uttara to Agargaon is scheduled for December 2019 while the entire project should be completed by 2024

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A Metro with locomotives?
I'm very sure the report meant to say "trainsets".
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Two more metro rail tenders this year Shohel Mamun

The government will float two tenders this year to speed up the implementation of the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development project, better known as the metro rail, an official said.

“The tender for procuring rolling stock [coach and locomotive] and equipment of a depot will be floated in October and the tender for engineering and management system in November,” said Mofazzel Hossain, director of the metro rail project.

He said this while addressing a press conference at the seminar room of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) in Dhaka yesterday.

The project comprises eight contract packages with Tk5,400 crore allocated for the rolling stock and equipment and E&M systems.

The first tender for pre-qualification of rolling stock and equipment of the Uttara depot was floated in January. The tender for the pre-qualification of E&M system was floated in March.

More than 10 companies submitted organisational profiles for those two tenders.

Mofazzel said: “Building the metro rail is a fast track project of the Bangladesh government. We are working very sincerely. We hope to float some important tenders by the beginning of 2016.

“We will face two big challenges in implementing the project – one is transferring the utility services from the project’s lineament area and the other is traffic management.”

Project expert Nurul Islam said: “Basic topographical, traffic and geo-technical surveys at the field level have already been completed.” A few other necessary surveys will be completed in a short time.

On January 26, an amended Metro Rail Bill 2015 was passed in parliament. The aim of the project is to curb traffic jam by ensuring quick and improved transport services in the capital.

The first phase of construction of the metro railway will be finished by December 2019, and the entire project will take another year to finish although the duration of the project on papers is 2024.

The metro rail project, the second largest infrastructure project in the country after the Padma bridge, has faced problems in the last few years over modification of routes following objections from the Air Force and avoiding overlapping with the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover.

The trains will run from Uttara to Motijheel via Pallabi, the west side of Rokeya Sarani and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Hotel Ruposhi Bangla, TSC of Dhaka University, Doyel Chattar and Topkhana Road. The routes would be extended up to Sayedabad from Bangladesh Bank through the Atish Dipankar Road.

According to a study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), the trains will operate every three minutes and carry 60,000 passengers an hour.

Jica has committed to provide Tk16,594.59 crore for the project, while Bangladesh government will allocate Tk5,390.48 crore.

A Japanese consortium is now working on the detailed design of the project. It is also carrying out topographical, traffic and geo-technical surveys in different parts of the project.

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Officials hope to start operation of Dhaka metro rail project partially by end of 2019 Project officials upbeat



Soil resistivity testing under way at the capitals Karwan Bazar and Farmgate, inset, for the construction of the metro rail, which is scheduled to start in early 2017.

With the soil testing almost done, officials of Dhaka metro rail project hope they can start operation of the dream project partially by the end of 2019.

They plan to launch the service initially on the 10km stretch between Uttara and Agargaon, part of the 20km line that goes as far as Motijheel.

Construction of viaduct and elevated stations along Uttara-Agargaon stretch, divided into two segments, is set to start by November next year. The contractors for the job have already been hired.

It will take until July 2017 for the same job on Agargaon-Motijheel stretch, which is likely to go in full operation by the end of 2020, said Mofazzel Hossain, director of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project.

The consortium of consultants have already submitted the basic design and are now working on the details, he told the media at the project office in the capital yesterday.

The Tk 22,000 crore ($2.5 billion) ambitious project is aimed at easing traffic congestion in the capital city through an improved, faster, comfortable and time-bound public transportation service.

According to project director, a train with six air-conditioned spacious coaches will operate every four

minute, enabling a commuter to travel from Uttara to Motijheel in just 38 minutes which now takes around two hours on a normal day.

A total of 24 such trains would carry 60,000 passengers every hour to both directions and drastically cut the number of private cars on the streets, Mofazzel continued.

The metro rail will have stations at 16 points of the city -- including at Uttara, Pallabi, Mirpur, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Agargaon, Rokeya Sarani, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Sonargaon Hotel, Shahbagh, Doel Chattar, Topkhana Road and Motijheel.

The metro rail will have noise barriers and vibration-free tracks and thus be environment-friendly, he said.

The entire alignment would be divided into four segments and as many contractors would be hired for simultaneous construction, he went on.

The relocation of utility service lines would go on simultaneously as well, Mofazzel added.

Geo-technical examinations of soil at 120 points along the 20-km proposed alignment are done with the laboratory test results pending, said Nurul Islam, safeguard expert of the metro rail project.

The topographical, traffic and geotechnical surveys for the metro rail are also nearly done, he said.

Hideo Omori, team leader of consultants' consortium, who worked in metro rail projects in Delhi and Jakarta, said: "I am making use of experience in building metro rails in this region and the progress of Dhaka metro rail so far is extremely good."

The first tender for pre-qualification to procure 24 locomotives, 144 coaches and equipment for the depot was floated early January.

Nippon Koei Limited of Japan leads the consortium of consultants that include Nippon Koei India Ltd, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, Mott MacDonald Ltd India, Mott MacDonald Ltd UK and Development Design Consultants Ltd Bangladesh.

Japan will provide Tk 16,600 crore of the project's total cost as soft loan while Bangladesh government will bear the rest.
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The Dhaka metro rail project is now facing challenges like shifting the utility lines underground and handling the growing volume of traffic during the construction period.

This was stated by Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development (DMRTD) Project Director Mofazzel Hossain while talking to journalists at the project office on Thursday.

He said like other development projects, the DMRTD was facing three challenges. The challenge of land acquisition was less formidable than that for any other project as the MRT line-6 elevated way is planned along the median.

However, the PD said the project office, with cooperation of general consultants and other concerned government agencies, was working to resolve the challenges keeping enough time for relocation of the utility lines.

He said controlling traffic during the 20-kilometre MRT line construction had also been planned keeping in mind the sufferings of people it might cause.

"We are trying to manage traffic in many ways like diverting traffic of certain corridors to alternative roads, working at night etc. We are also trying to accommodate experiences of other agencies which are constructing structures like flyovers in the city so that similar problems could be avoided while implementing the MRT project," Mr Mofazzel said.

He, however, admitted that people's sufferings might not be totally avoided even after all such efforts due to various reasons.

He also shared with the press the progress in the DMRTD project. He said all the three consultants were working for drawing up the detailed design, institutional development and resettlement plan to start the construction work by 2017.

Most of the surveys under the project including topographic survey, field level geotechnical survey, right-of-way survey, traffic survey, historical importance or archeological survey were completed. Utility verification survey and laboratory geotechnical survey would be completed by the current year.

Referring to the challenge to start part of the MRT line-6 by 2019 which the government has planned taking into account the next election in 2020, the PD said opening up of MRT up to Agargaon from Uttara would be possible due to location of the green area and it would be open on a trial basis with the target to gradually extend the line to other parts.

During the press meet, Hideo Omori, team leader of the general consultant firm NKDM Association, Nurul Amin, Director, Finance and Administration of the DMRTD project and Nurul Islam, safeguard expert of the NKDM spoke, among others. Additional project director Mahbubul Alam and other officials of the DMRTD project were also present.

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Four large open spaces in Dhaka will be rented for Metrorail construction work.
Three locations at Golapbagh, Agargaon and Uttara had been earmarked and the project authorities were now holding negotiations with concerned authorities, project chief Md Mofazzal Hossain told bdnews24.com.

The project authorities are now looking for another space between Farmgate and the Dhaka University.

"Dhaka South City Corporation has agreed to give the Golapbagh ground, which was also used for the construction of Mayor Hanif Flyover.

Rajuk will rent out a place in the Uttara Third Phase while a space owned by the Public Works Department in Agargaon has also been made available," said Hossain.

Talks are on with several government organisations for the fourth location, added the project chief.
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Still no work on metro in such a large city. Really sad.

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