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Old October 16th, 2015, 10:19 AM   #41
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I remember back in the 80's and 90's you had actual clean buses that ran these routes.

These pictures above highlight the sad state of privately owned local bus transport at this time. It's high time these unfit private sector buses are banned. The fitness certificates are gained through less than honorable means. But this is teh story all across India and Pakistan as well.....

The public transport buses are a bit better. The population pressure and civic demand created an insurmountable situation. But we will tackle one problem at a time....



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Five metro rail routes, two bus rapid transit routes, three ring roads and six expressways are recommended for the Dhaka area by the draft of the final report of the Revised Strategic Transport Plan. The draft RSTP for the capital and adjacent areas was unveiled at a workshop to invite reactions from stakeholders at Cirdap auditorium in late October 2015. According to the RSTP, of the five metro rail routes, a small part of two of them will be built below ground.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader stated that the recommended project would be implemented by the government in three phases: Short-term projects will be implemented by 2020, mid-term projects within 2025, and long-term projects by 2035.

According to the draft RSTP, the MRT line 1 will connect Dhaka Airport to Kamalapur, which will extend from the airport to Gazipur and Kamalapur to Keraniganj’s Jhilmil residential area.

The first of the two-phase project from the airport to Kamalapur will be a 26.6km line - 6km of it below the ground – which is expected to be completed by 2025.

The second phase will be a 26km line - 3.3km of it underground – from the airport to Jhilmil. This is expected to be completed by 2035.

The first phase is expected to cost $2.83 billion, and the second phase $5.87 billion.

MRT line 2 will connect Ashulia to Kamalapur via Savar-Gabtoli-Dhaka University and Dhaka South City Corporation. Its total length will be 40km, while the cost will be around $3.74 billion.

The draft MRT line 4 will connect Kamalapur and Narayanganj, with an approximate cost of $1.7 billion.

The proposed MRT line 5 will start from Bhulta on Dhaka-Sylhet highway, and stretch to Hatirjheel link road via Bhatara, Natun Bazar, Madani Road, Kamal Ataturk Avenue, Mirpur 10, Gabtoli bus terminal, Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi and Basundhara City. Its total length will be 35km – 9.1km of it underground – and the cost will be about $4.28 billion.

MRT line 6 will connect Uttara and Motijheel via Pallabi and Farmgate. Its total length is 21.8km, with proposed extensions from Uttara to Ashulia, and from Motijheel to Jatrabari, and the cost will be $2 billion.

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Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said the construction work on Dhaka metro rail project will begin towards the end of April next.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the work, he said while speaking in an agreement signing ceremony at a city hotel.

Many students think the Dhaka metro rail project will cause sound pollution on the Dhaka University campus, Quader said adding that the metro rail route was finalised after long negotiations with the university authorities. He said ultramodern technologies will be set up on the university campus in addition to installing sound barriers on walls to prevent sound pollution.

Under the agreement, Tokyo Construction Limited will set up the metro rail depot in Uttara phase-3 area spending Tk567 crore. As per the deal, it will complete the depot construction work within 25 months.

Member of parliamentary standing committee on Road Transport and Bridges Ministry Nazmul Haque Pradan, Road Transport and Bridges secretary MAN Siddique, Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Masato Watanabe and JICA chief representative Mikio Hataeda were, among others, present on the occasion.

The proposed Tk 22,000 crore ($2.5 billion) metro rail project is aimed at easing traffic congestion in the capital with an improved and faster pubic transportation service from Uttara to Motijheel.
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Metro construction to begin in June

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RAJUK offers land from Uttara 3rd phase project
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Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) has offered a piece of new land from its Uttara 3rd phase project area for use as the construction yard of the metro rail project, rejecting its demand for the land of a commercial plot.

Sources said in a recent letter, the RAJUK proposed to the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development (DMRTD) Project to use 30 acres of land from its project area for five years.

The land which is kept in the design of Uttara 3rd phase for solid waste disposal purpose will have to be filled up from the metro rail project, they added.

The project office had earlier demanded the same quantity of land from the central business district of the Uttara 3rd phase, which is shown in the design as the central plaza, as its location is along the MRT-6 alignment.

The RAJUK land is a part of the demand raised by the DMRTD to different government agencies to set up five construction yards at different locations in the city to keep construction materials of the 20-kilometre MRT line-6, to be built from Uttara to Motijheel.

Officials, however, said the problem to get lands for construction yards has almost been solved as Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Public Works Department (PWD) assured of providing spaces in the city's Agargaon and Golapbagh areas.

Though the land is very small compared to the demand, they said, it will somehow serve the purpose of the project.

"We are now hopeful of getting all necessary lands for the construction yards soon," said a project official.

He said the RAJUK's proposal is now under consideration and it may serve the project's purpose.

The PWD has assured the project authorities of providing a land, now being used as a nursery at Agargaon. The DSCC has also assured them of providing its Golapbagh maidan for the project which is used as the construction yard for Mayor Hanif flyover.

However, another source said the Dhaka North City Corporation which assured them of providing 12 acres of land from western side of Rayerbazar mass graveyard is now dilly-dallying due to objection from a local member of parliament.

The construction yards are important to carry necessary materials for building works to construct the 20-kilometre MRT line-6 in the city's busiest north and south corridor.

It is also necessary to free roads and lessen public harassment during the construction period, sources said.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges earlier this month held an inter-ministerial meeting to finalise the spots for metro-rail construction yards but failed to convince the authorities concerned.

The government has set a plan to start construction of the MRT-6 next year with the target to open part of the line by 2019.

The DMRTD project has already called tender for depot land development work, metro-rail and electronic equipment purchase etc but could not finalise the tender due to failure in finalising the construction yard lands.

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Metro rail company likely to create 2,000 jobs
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The state-owned metro rail company is likely to create nearly 2,000 skilled and semi-skilled jobs for carrying out administrative, planning and operation related activities of the mass transport system.

General consultants working with the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development (DMRTD) project has recently proposed an organogram for the Dhaka Mass Transit Company (DMTC) which is now under scrutiny by the subcommittee of the company's board.

Officials said Japanese consultants had proposed recruitment plan for 1,963 persons from different professional groups to be filled in phases.

They said in the five-tier administration, the managing director will top the position and work with the help of three directors for administration and finance, development and planning and operation.

The company will have a good number of general managers, deputy general managers and managers for east-west north-south directives MRTs, they added.

"DMTC will be a multidisciplinary body as skills from all disciplines of engineering and technology universities will be needed," said an official of DMTC.

He, however, refused to make comment on the needs of international and local experts for operating metro rail or mass rapid transit (MRT), the first of its kind in the country.

The officials said the salary structure for DMTC staff is yet to be proposed as the organogram is not in final stage.

Sources said the salary structure for DTMC staff will be higher than the government wage and the consultants have scrutinised salaries in this regard which state-owned other companies mainly under the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources have for its workforce.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which has so far been providing necessary technical and financial support to make the metro rail system successful has recommended high salary structure for the company people.

They argue that it is important to uphold the status of the company to check corruption in operating and managing the highly-subsidised transport system for the common people.

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Selection of contractors for two sections of MRT soon
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The Dhaka Metro rail project is ready to select contractors for two more segments of mass rapid transit line 6 (MRT-6) with the target to start the service by 2019.

Project office sources said bids for contract package numbers 2 and 7 were called from the short-listed contractors in May.

Four contractors, mostly Japanese, were prequalified for each of the two works recently.

"We are very much within the deadline to start 10 kilometres of the 20- kilometre MRT line," said project director Mofazzel Hossain.

He said the tender was called after the Dhaka Mass Transit Company board approved the tender documents of the two packages The Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development project, being implemented under the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry, has already awarded a contract to a Japanese company for developing land for the depot at Uttara.

It has invited bids from short-list companies for some other segments of the project, including the purchase of trains, equipment, development of depot and construction of half of the 20-kilometre route.

Sources said bid for the rest 10 km route will soon be called.

Official sources said the companies to be selected from the short-listed package numbers 2 and 7 will construct of all necessary structures along the MRT-6 from Uttara to Motijheel.

These include construction of stations, office buildings, construction yards, setting up of railway track, electricity, telecommunication lines and signalling systems.

Officials said under package 7, contractors will be responsible for seven component works like rail track, telecommunication and electrification.

Construction of different office buildings, stations etc will be carried under package 2.

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The wait is over I should say....

PM to inaugurate BRT, metrorail work on Jun 26

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the two projects during a ceremony at Banganbandhu International Conference Centre.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told a media briefing on Thursday that this will help "expedite the implementation of two projects on schedule."

Metrorail

Preparations for the Metrorail project were underway and work would now begin, he said. The construction of the depots had already started.

Metrorail’s Route-6, from Uttara to Motijheel’s Shapla Chattar, will be elevated all the way.

The route would have six stations, while trains would carry 60,000 passengers both ways every hour, he said.

In the first phase, the trains will go up to Agargaon in 2019, while the extension to Motijheel will be completed by 2020.

Bids have been invited for six of the eight project packages, and the deal for one has already been finalised.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing Tk 165.95 billion of the Tk 220 billion project covering a distance of 20km.

The minister also talked about two other routes: Routes 1 and 5.

Route-1 will run from Gazipur to Keraniganj’s Jhilmil project.

The first phase of the construction will extend from the airport to Kamalapur, and from Khilkhet to Purbachal.

Ten kilometres of this 27-km track will be underground.

The plan for Route-5 has been finalised to connect the metropolis from east to west. The 35-km track will lie between Bhulta in Narayanganj to Gabtoli.

The primary phase, comprising 17-km from Bhatara to Gabtoli-Hemayetpur, will include six kilometres of underground tracks.

JICA has already started the feasibility studies for Route-1 and 5, said the minister.

BRT

The road transport minister said the Bus Rapid Transit was intended to make travel between central Dhaka and Uttara and Tongi easy.

He said more commuters will be able to avail fast, cheap, and environment-friendly travel by the BRT, while the capital would be freed of gridlocks.

Obaidul Quader said around 25,000 people would be able to commute hourly once the transit was up and running. Buses would leave the stations every three minutes.

"There will be 25 stations on the 20.5-km BRT route from the Gazipur terminal to the airport. Six flyovers will also be built."

Elaborating on the government's plan, he said 4.5km - Uttara to Tongi - of the total route length would be an elevated lane.

"The remaining 16 kilometres will be on the ground. Altogether 100 articulated buses will run on this route. Commuters will use electronic smart cards to pay bus fares."

The minister said the government, Asian Development Bank, French Development Agency and Global Environmental Facility Fund are jointly funding the Tk 20.4 billion project.

"We've already finished the preparatory work and begun implementing it. We hope to open the BRT in December 2018," he added.

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PM to inaugurate Metrorail, BRT projects on June 26
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Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate metro rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects on June 26, UNB reports. “Hasina will inaugurate the construction work on BRT project from Shahjalal International Airport to Gazipur terminal which will cost Tk 2,040 crore,” said the minister at a press briefing at Road Transport and Highways Department in the capital. He also said there will be 25 stations, 6 flyovers, 4.50km elevated BRT lane from Uttara to Tongi and 16km flat grade on the route. Besides, 18-metre long 100 articulated buses will run on the route. There’ll be a system of electronic smart card for colleting bus fare.
“The Asian Development Bank, French Development Agencyand Global Environment Facility Fund are financing the project alongside the government. The government has completed all the preparatory works and started implementation work as well. We’re expecting that BRT work will be completed by 2018,” said Quader. He said the preparatory work for metro rail project has already been completed and it is no heading towards implantation.
“The 20-km metro rail project will be implemented with financial assistance from JICA. JICA will provide Tk 16,600 crore of the total cost of Tk 22,000 crore,” said the minister.
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Dhaka metro construction officially launched again
27 Jun 2016



BANGLADESH: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially inaugurated construction of the first metro line in Dhaka on June 26 at a ceremony also attended by Minister for Road Transport & Bridges Obaidul Quader and Japanese Ambassador Masato Watanabe.

Hasina had previously laid the foundation stone for Line 6 on October 31 at 2013. Work is split into six civils and two railway systems packages. The project is being managed by the Communications Ministry’s Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Authority, and a consortium of Nippon Koei, Delhi Metro Rail Corp, Mott Macdonald and Development Design Consultants is acting as general consultant. Services would be operated by Dhaka Mass Transit Co

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Bus rapid transit: Answer to Dhaka's gridlocks
M. Imtiaz Rahman

THE traffic condition of the capital has worsened over the past few years. Authorities are at their wit's end trying to devise solutions to the problem, while passengers waste useful working hours sitting inside vehicles. As a result, the city incurs huge economic and environmental losses on a daily basis. Further increase of the city's traffic in the near future is an alarming reality, for which no one is yet ready. It has become indispensable to formulate a remedy that can tackle this predicament in the long term.
Among the public transit modes, buses are considered to be highly cost-effective while being the most flexible routewise. A single-decker bus can accommodate equivalent of eight to twelve cars passengers, which not only reduces traffic but also air and sound pollution substantially. But hundreds of buses operate each day in the city, so why doesn't the condition improve? The buses that are functional in the streets of Dhaka suffer from a number of inefficiencies. Even if we disregard the flaws of the bus authorities, many a time buses become part of the already existing jams on the roads.
Imagine a scenario where bus is the only mode of transport travelling in a lane that is dedicated to buses alone. Do you think this can mitigate the detrimental effects of our traffic condition? The term used to describe the above scenario is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. This system has been applied throughout many cities of the world and has proved effective in battling difficult transport conditions. The BRT system provides an exclusive right-of-way for buses to ensure that they are not delayed by mixed traffic congestions while offering a safe and comfortable journey.
This system was first operated in Curitiba, Brazil in 1974, and was a great success for the city's transportation network. Since then, many countries around the world have been inspired to adopt this scheme. Several Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, China, Pakistan and India have also incorporated this scheme into their policy. According to a study, bus ridership in Guangzhou, China increased by 18% within one year of the launch of the BRT in 2010. The BRT alone averages 805,000 passengers daily, making it the most used bus corridor in all of Asia.
While there are a lot of successful examples of BRT, it is not without problems. The BRT project of Delhi is admittedly an unsuccessful model. A study conducted by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) of India claims that the selection of the BRT corridor was not rational and the system was not well integrated with other transit modes. This resulted in very few passengers boarding and alighting per bus. Their study also shows that road crashes and fatalities have increased since the BRT was installed. To avoid such errors, proper planning is of paramount importance. Planners and engineers must scrutinise every aspect in the design stages before commencement of such an enormous and expensive development.
In the context of Dhaka, a major concern among critics is regarding the unavailability of road space. It is thought to be impractical to furnish separate BRT lanes on the roads of our built-up city. However, the Strategic Transport Plan (STP) for Dhaka proposes to establish three BRT routes along selected corridors in the capital -- BRT Lines 1, 2 and 3. Among them, the feasibility study of BRT Line 3 is currently in progress. The route extends from Airport to Sadarghat via Kuril, Mohakhali, Ramna and Fulbaria. Numerous objections against this project have already been refuted in the study. Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA), the agency responsible for implementing the project, is highly optimistic about its outcome.
Dhaka dwellers are generally reluctant to ride on a bus unless it is an absolute necessity. Buses are extremely unreliable to the public because of overcrowding of passengers, unnecessary delays and long waiting times in the stops. The BRT scheme can be an important tool in this regard. It can be a vital incentive for the people to ride on buses more often. When mixed traffic jams are no longer an issue, adequate frequency of buses can cope with routine problems and promote more bus-made journeys.
Our city is in dire need of a breakthrough in the field of transportation planning. The BRT projects, along with supportive government policies, can become the cornerstone of a stable transportation network in Dhaka. Not only does this premise have the potential to break the curse of traffic gridlock, but also to reduce road accidents, strengthen the city's economy, and build towards a sustainable environment.

The writer is an undergraduate student of Urban and Regional Planning, Buet.
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Deal with JICA on Metrorail Route 1 likely in January

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the formal process to sign a deal with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for constructing the 37-km long Metrorail Route-1 will be completed in January, reports UNB.

A high-profile JICA team will visit Bangladesh on January 8 in this regard, Quader said, while talking to reporters at the Secretariat after a meeting.

Earlier, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with JICA aiming to build the much-hyped Metrorail which will ease traffic jams in the city.

Some 25 kilometers of the route-1 of the Metrorail project will be built on Airport-Khilkhet-Progoti Sarani-Malibagh-Kamalapur route, while the remaining 12 kilometers will be constructed from Khilkhet-Kendua Bridge, the minister said.

Besides, the feasibility study of routes 1 and 5 of the Metrorail project are underway with JICA funding, said Quader, adding the route-5 will connect Natun Bazar to Mirpur-1 through Gulshan 2-Banani and Mirpur-14.

On the other hand, the tender floating of six packages out of total eight of Metrorail route-6 from Uttara to Motijheel was completed while the feasibility studies of the two projects are ongoing, the minister said.

Replying to a query, he said Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) will offer some 80 percent of its services online from May 2017.

The state-run transport authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Access to Information (a2i) in this regard, said Quader, also the General Secretary of the ruling Awami League.

Quader also instructed the concerned authorities to complete the installation process of excel load control station within one month in order to refrain the vehicles from lifting excess weight.

He said the renovation works of the highways will be completed before the rainy season maintaining standard quality.

Replying to another query, Quader said some 16 lakhs digital number plates were made while some 13 lakhs have been distributed already.
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Public notification for the inauguration of utility relocation works from Agargaon to Mirpur-10.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE!

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A bit dated, but here's some news updates about the new metro line which is now called MRT Line-6.

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The government is expected to sign four separate deals on metro rail tracks, stations, coaches and depot of the long-cherished Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 in April this year.

‘We are evaluating the tender documents submitted by different foreign firms for the contracts to build structure of the depot, set up metro rail tracks, construct stations and manufacture and supply coaches under four separate packages,’ Managing Director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited Mofazzel Hossain said.

He said the DMTCL would sign four separate contract packages including CP-2, CP-3, CP-4 and CP-8 after evaluation of the tender documents in April.

A total of 25 percent land development work of depot area of the MRT Line-6 was completed under the package-1, Hossain said, adding, ‘Tokyu Construction Co. Ltd was awarded after concurrence from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) on March 27, 2016. The duration of the contract is for 25 months.’

‘The MRT Line-6 is an elevated Metro Rail system to be implemented in Dhaka, under a fast track priority initiative of the government. Once implemented, the MRT Line-6 will run from Uttara to Motijheel serving 16 stations along the way,’ Mofazzel Hossain, also the project director, said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the construction work of the country's first-ever metro rail project, also known as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6, on June 24, 2016. According to the project details, the package CP-03 is for the construction of metro rail tracks (viaduct) and elevated stations from Uttara North to Pallabi, while the package CP-04 is for the construction of metro rail tracks and elevated stations from Pallabi to Agargaon.

The package CP-8 would be awarded for supplying of rolling stock and depot equipment of MRT Line-6. The contract would be on design-build basis.

The MRT-6 is being executed at a cost of about Taka 22,000 crore. Of the amount, the JICA is providing Taka 16,500 crore to the project, while the rest of the fund would come from the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), official sources said.

The fast moving metro rail will run to and from Uttara and Motijheel via Mirpur and Farmgate, carrying 60,000 passengers in an hour and touching every station in every four minutes.

The 20.1-kilometer MRT Line-6 will run from Uttara Third Phase and pass through Pallabi, the west side of Rokeya Sarani and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Ruposhi Bangla, TSC of Dhaka University, Doel Chattar, Topkhana Road and Bangladesh Bank.

There will be 16 stations - Uttara North, Central and South, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Taltala, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Sonargaon, National Museum, Doyel Chattar, Bangabandhu National Stadium and Bangladesh Bank.

Once MRT Line-6 Project is in operation, the commuters would enjoy easy-going traffic and there would no more be any perennial congestion of transportations in this gradually expanding city.

- See more at: http://www.newagebd.net/article/1170....ttIOQsOl.dpuf

And from trawling through the net, here's the full outline of the metro, though curiously, it doesn't have some of the stations advertised on the news piece.




If the stations can't be discerned from the above map, here's a more clear graphic.

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Looks like we hit a snag. Source: http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpag...s-down-1397002

Metro rail project slows down

Tender process of most components behind schedule, delayed by a year

By Tawfique Ali


Land development work going on in the metro rail depot of north Uttara in the capital. Even though work on this component of the rail project has begun, final contracts for the other seven components have not been signed. The photo was taken recently. Photo: Sk Enamul Haq

Slow tender bidding process has pushed the metro rail construction work nearly a year behind schedule.

Of the eight components of the project, the ground work of one was ongoing. Even though prequalification of bidders in the remaining seven components was done, the final contracts have not been signed yet.

The agreements were supposed to be signed last year.


The horrific Gulshan attack in July last year is to blame for lion share of the delays. The attack left 20 hostages, including seven Japanese and nine Italians, dead.

Following the attack, Japanese bidders and consultants restrained from travelling to Bangladesh, owing to security concerns, which resulted in the delays, said official sources.

The situation had turned so bad that the authorities of the Tk 22,000 crore project could not spend half the money allocated to them this fiscal year and had to return it.

Two years ago the project director of the 20km rail project predicted that they would be able to start building the elevated overpasses by the first quarter of this year.

But now, they are struggling to even begin construction of the viaducts by the end of the year, nine months behind schedule.

Despite the delays, officials were upbeat about a 2019 trial run on a part of the metro rail lines.

“We are trying with our heart and soul to launch the trial run of the metro rail from north Uttara to Agargaon by the end of 2019,” said Mofazzel Hossain, metro rail project director.

Full commercial operation of the service is expected to take two more years.

Without being specific, Mofazzel said, “Tender process was delayed due to various reasons.”



Utility line relocation along Agargaon to Mirpur-10 started last November and was almost done, said Mofazzel, adding that utility line relocation work for Agargaon-Motijheel section would begin by this November.

Similar work around three stations -- Kazipara, Sheorapara and Pallabi -- had been done while utility line relocation around stations at Mirpur-10 and -11 and Agargaon was ongoing, he said.

The widening and utility line relocation work on a one-kilometre stretch of road, from Mirpur-10 to Pallabi, was also underway. The stretch from Pallabi to north Uttara has no underground utility lines.

Soil tests, along the metro route, including the tests for the 16 stations, had been done, said Mofazzel.

Metro rail is aimed at easing the perennial traffic congestion in the capital and provide an improved, faster, comfortable and environmentally-friendly means of public transportation, say transport experts.

According to Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), 14 trains would operate every three minutes and carry 60,000 passengers every hour in both directions.

The estimated time to travel the 20km distance, from north end of Uttara to Motijheel, is 35 minutes. The trains would have six cars each, all air conditioned.


Prequalification of all bidders of the eight components of the project, officially called Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project, had been done before the Gulshan attack. The Dhaka Mass Transit Company, the metro rail owning and operating firm, only signed the first contract with Tokyo Construction Company Ltd in March last year.

The deal was for the development of 19 acres designated for the metro rail depot in north Uttara. A third of the work has been done, said project officials, adding that the work has a two-year deadline.

The depot would be home to the trains. They would be maintained there and there would be a workshop, an operation control centre, a washing plant, and a training centre.

With the bid evaluation of component-2, for civil works and building construction at the depot, almost done, the authorities were eagerly eyeing the final contract with joint venture of winner bidders Ital-Thai and Sinohydro by end of this month.

But contracts for other components, which were supposed to be signed last year, could not be inked as the Japanese government was cautious in giving consent to its nationals to travel to Bangladesh after the militant attack.

The project authorities had to postpone the bidding process time and again in the face of the foreign bidders' requests, citing security concerns, said a project official, wishing anonymity.

Project authorities are now trying to complete the bidding processes so that the remaining financial allocations could be availed prior to the end of this fiscal year in June.

“It is a tough challenge for us to be able to meet the financial deadline,” said Project Director Mofazzel.

Tender process of some components, for the construction of elevated stations, viaducts and electro-mechanical installations, was on, he said.

Negotiations on the bid proposal of component-8, for procurement of 24 locomotives, 144 rail cars and depot equipment, were ongoing, he said.

Md Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said, “We maintain a detailed list of members of the foreign development partners working in the country and a precise watch on their security.”

Following the Gulshan attack, police provide them with protection during their travels in the city or across the country, if need be, he said.
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Some updates as of recently. But it looks like the deadline's changed.

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Three contracts signed for Dhaka metro


Authorities of Dhaka's maiden metro rail project yesterday signed three contracts with two companies for the civil construction work at the Uttara depot and building elevated rail viaducts from north Uttara to Agargaon.

With these, four contracts have been inked for as many packages of work, out of a total eight.


According to one of the contracts signed yesterday, a joint venture of Italian-Thai Development Public Company and Sinohydro Corporation is going to do the Tk 1,595 crore civil constructions at the metro rail depot, said Project Director Mofazzel Hossain.

With a deadline of June 2024, they would build a stabling yard for 40 train sets, a workshop, head office of the metro rail company (Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd), training centre, and operations and control centre.

The contractor would get three or four months to mobilise equipment before formally starting work. The work period would be calculated from the formal start of work, he said.

The metro authorities signed the other two contracts (package-3 and -4) with Ital-Thai. The contracts worth Tk 4,230 crore were for the construction of 10km-long elevated viaducts and nine stations between north Uttara to Agargaon.

Both Ital-Thai and Sinohydro had received flak for their poor performance in Dhaka Elevated Expressway, Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane project and river training work for the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project.

“Ital-Thai and Sinohydro proved competent in the case of metro rail project as per rules,” said Mofazzel, adding, “Other projects are not comparable with metro rail.”

Source: http://www.thedailystar.net/backpage...-metro-1400416
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Update on the metro. Delaaaaaayed...

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Tender process of major metro rail components gets stuck in limbo

by Munima Sultana

The long-awaited Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line is now facing snags despite progress in selecting contractors for some package work.

The tender process of two major work could not be completed yet to give work orders, officials said.

They said the project office has already given work order for four packages to develop and build necessary infrastructures on depot land and viaduct on the first 10 kilometres of the MRT line.

But the office is taking time to complete tenders for three other packages though it has completed the evaluation process.


The first tender for the Tk 220 billion Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development (DMRTD) project was launched in January 2015 to invite parties to supply 24 pairs of train sets and necessary equipment for rolling stocks.

Since then, it has already floated eight tenders and given work orders to only four.

Progress of the first work order, which is to develop depot land in Uttara, was found impressive as the contractor completed its monthly targeted work in due time.

The project office has also given work order to a Thai company to start construction of viaduct from Uttara to Agargaon. The same company was also awarded contract to develop necessary infrastructures on the depot land.

"But the project office has not yet completed the selection of contractor of the first tender to buy train sets and construct viaduct of the second half of the 20km MRT line-6. These are necessary to launch metro rail by 2019," said a source.

He said the selection of contractor for the package 8 is necessary to buy train sets as it would need time to manufacture and supply those.

Officials said the evaluation progress of contract package 5 and 6, under which the second half of MRT viaducts will be built, has been completed. The project's Japanese financier has also given concurrence to the selection.

But the project office is taking time fearing the possible chaos in a city that suffers from chronic traffic congestion.

However, the officials said the DMRTD project is still on the track though it is already six months behind the schedule due to last year's Holey Artisan incident.

He said contractors and consultants have already covered up the delay and made progress.


The DMRTD's new project director refused to talk to the FE. But an official said the work orders for the rest of three packages would be given by next month.

Source: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.co...stuck-in-limbo
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From Metro Report

http://www.metro-report.com/news/met...ct-signed.html

Dhaka metro ‘no more a dream’ as rolling stock contract signed
09 Aug 2017





BANGLADESH: The metro Line 6 rolling stock and depot contract was signed by project promoter Dhaka Mass Transit Co and a consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Corp on August 6. ‘Metro rail is no more a dream, it is now a reality,’ said Minister of Road Transport & Bridges Obaidul Quader at the signing ceremony in the Pan-Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.

Under the ¥40bn contract CP-08, Kawasaki will be responsible for project management and the design, manufacturing and commissioning of 24 six-car trainsets and major depot equipment. It will also train DMTC operations and maintenance staff, and supervise rolling stock maintenance. Mitsubishi will be responsible for commercial administration and supplying some depot equipment

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