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Old August 17th, 2017, 05:39 AM   #61
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There is also progress on other lines as well:

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In the meantime feasibility study for line 5 is going on in Madani avenue.
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here it is folks
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Old August 17th, 2017, 06:32 AM   #62
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Perhaps the best sign of construction work is this video, which has several parts that show building works at the depot and road works around the city.

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Old August 24th, 2017, 12:06 PM   #63
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Govt invites int'l bids for general consultancy work

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The government has started the process of carrying out detailed design and other work for setting up the city's second metro-rail from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) to Kamlapur Rail Station (KRS).

Dhaka Mass Transit Company (DMTC) on Monday invited bids from international firms for general consultancy work of the 28-km mass rapid transit line-1 (MRT-1).

Officials said the firm to be appointed will conduct necessary studies on the route and propose options for MRT-1 corridor for facilitating the government to take decision.

They said the first metro-rail or MRT-6 is being constructed with total elevated option from Uttara to Motijheel. But, a combination of elevated and underground options would be explored in the case of MRT-1 in line with the Prime Minister's directive in this regard.

"The consultant will evaluate both the options, and will propose where to use elevated and where underground," said an official.

According to sources, the entire MRT-1 work has been proposed like MRT-6 through depot land development. The general consultant will work on basic design for electrical and mechanical systems and rolling stocks, detailed design on main lines and stations, tender assistance, facilitation of implementation of environmental management plan, resettlement plan and environmental monitoring plan.

MRT-1 is among the five MRTs proposed in Revised Strategic Transport Plan (RSTP), approved in last August. The 20-year transport policy also recommended two bus rapid transit lines to meet the capital's growing traffic demand and ease chronic traffic jam.

Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project is implementing MRT-6, and it has awarded the first phase of the 20-km route to a Thai company.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which provides 60 per cent financial assistance and full technical support to MRT-6 project, will also do the same for MRT-1 project.

After conducting feasibility study, JICA signed a deal to provide 5.59 billion Yen assistance for MRT-1 project under its 38th ODA (official development assistance) in May.

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Source: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.co...nsultancy-work
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Old September 2nd, 2017, 02:50 PM   #64
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Crossposted from the Bangladesh subforum:

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Images of the trains, rail and stations from DMTC site























Source: http://www.dmtc.org.bd/photographs
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Old September 18th, 2017, 05:10 AM   #65
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Metro rail project: Bangladesh govt signs 3 deals with Chinese, Thai firms

The Bangladeshi government has signed three agreements with Chinese and Thai firms on the country's first-ever metro rail project.

Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL), a state-owned enterprise founded to implement the metro rail lines across the Dhaka city, signed the separate contract packages (CPs) including CP-2, CP-3 and CP-4 worth over Tk 58.26 billion ($719 million) with the firms, Italian-Thai Development Public Company Limited, a Thailand-based construction firm, and Chinese state-owned Sinohydro Corporation Limited, reports China Daily.

Under the agreements, the firms will build metro rail tracks, stations and depot of the long cherished 20.1-km Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6 that will connect Dhaka North with Dhaka South through 16 stations, the report said.

According to the project, the package CP-2 is for the civil and building works of the depots, while CP-3 and CP-4 are for the construction of metro rail tracks and elevated stations.

Officials of DMTCL, Italian-Thai Development Public Company Limited, and Sinohydro Corporation Limited signed the agreements on behalf of their respective sides at a ceremony on Wednesday in Dhaka.

Sinohydro signed the deal worth Tk 15.96 billion for CP-2 while Italian-Thai Development Public Company Limited signed deal for all the three packages.


Source: http://www.thedailystar.net/city/dha...-firms-1463485
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Old October 13th, 2017, 07:15 AM   #68
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Just 12% progress made in metro rail project in 4 years
The metro rail (MRT line-6) project is being constructed in eight phases at a cost of Tk22,000 crore




Workers build a frame for the Metro Rail project in the capital’s Uttara Diyabari area on Wednesday Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune


The construction progress of the much needed metro rail project (MRT line-6) has only been 12% since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the inauguration stone on October 31, 2013.

Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader, on Wednesday explained that the initial delay was caused by the terrorist attack on Holy Artisan Bakery last year where several Japanese officials and consultants of the project were killed.

“Now the construction is progressing at a steady pace. The pillars of the metro rail line will be erected in the next six months and we hope to see the metro rail open in 2019,” said the minister while visiting the project’s depot in Uttara on Wednesday.

The metro rail project

The metro rail (MRT line-6) project is being constructed in eight phases at a cost of Tk22,000 crore.

Currently, the land development and civil work is being done for the depot which are phases one and two, respectively. Around two thirds of the land development work is complete.

The depot would be home to trains while will have some of them would also house office buildings, workshops, operation centre, washing plant and maintenance wings.

The 19 acres land would be developed at the cost Tk56.67 crore and allocation for civil work is Tk1,596 crore.

The civil work is being done by the Italian-Thai Development Public Company Limited and Sinohydro Corporation Limited JV and a Tokyo based construction company is developing the depot’s land.

Italian-Thai Development Public Company Limited might be given the job to build around the 12 kilometre-long viaduct between Uttara to Agargoan and nine stations at the cost of Tk4,230 crore, as per phase three and four.

The 20.1 kilometre long metro rail (MRT line-1) between Uttara to Motijheel is being constructed under the supervision of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Company.

MRT line-1 will be able to carry 60,000 passengers every hour, both ways. The first phase of the project on the Uttara to Agargoan line is set to be completed by 2019. In 2020 the entire project is set to be complete.

The metro rail will come to the stations every 3.5 minutes, and it will take 37 minutes for the train to travel between Motijheel to Uttara.

Source: http://www.dhakatribune.com/banglade...oject-4-years/
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Old November 21st, 2017, 07:11 AM   #69
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And now, for something different.

When will we have a BRT?
Other development projects overlap Bus Rapid Transit route, construction cost doubles




The average traffic speed in Dhaka is now only 7km per hour, according to recent data from World Bank. A BRT bus, however, could operate at 25km/h along the suggested routes.

So why has Bangladesh not succeeded in developing a BRT system to ease the pain of commuters in Dhaka?

Many other major cities in the world have Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems including Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta and Shanghai. Rio de Janeiro opened its BRT system for the 2016 Olympic Games last summer.

A BRT system can ensure a smooth and comfortable journey since the buses run within dedicated corridors through the middle of the road, with little scope for congestion as other vehicles are denied access.

Buses can drive through without any interruption and BRT buses can even be given priority when passing through intersections. Commuters can catch BRT buses from dedicated stations by paying in advance through smart cards.

BRT projects are cheaper than building new flyovers or highways because they involve limited construction and are normally based on existing routes.




Bangladesh had planned to build three BRT systems around 20 years ago to improve Dhaka’s traffic system and reduce emissions, but now the authorities say they will build only two BRT routes due to a shortage of space on existing roads.

The first route will be constructed along a 42km stretch between Shibbari in Gazipur and Jhilmil near Keraniganj in Dhaka. Another 36km line will be built on the capital’s eastern edge, according to the Revised Strategic Transport Plan (RSTP).

The 42km project, called BRT line 3, was launched by the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry in 2010 but its progress is currently below 5% and the civil work is yet to start. It will be implemented in two parts: from Gazipur to Dhaka airport (20km); and from the airport to Keraniganj (22km).

The cost of the Gazipur and Airport part has been set at Tk2,040 crore and the Airport to Jhilmil section at Tk4,747 crore. The total cost for BRT line 3 of Tk6,787 crore is more than double the initial estimated cost of Tk3,034 crore.


Officials from the Road Transport and Highways Division and officials involved in the project say the major cause of rising costs are loopholes in the preliminary design, three revisions of the design due to overlap with other projects, and negligence of the implementing authorities.

However, MAN Siddique, secretary of the Road Transport and Highways Division, told the Dhaka Tribune: “We have no experience building a BRT, but we have already overcome the challenges. Hopefully the project will be implemented by 2019 as per plan.”





Progress of Gazipur-Airport section

Land development work for a depot for the BRT line 3 project started late last year and is still ongoing by a local firm, nearly four years after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid its foundation stone on October 31, 2013. The PM inaugurated the construction work on July 26, 2016.

The Roads and Highways Department signed a Tk2,040 crore deal with China Gezhouba Group No 6 Engineering Co Ltd on December 1, 2016, for the building of Line 3 including a 16km road corridor, flyovers and 25 stations. In addition, the Bridges Division will build a 4km flyover at Tongi for a further Tk855 crore.

The Asian Development Bank, France Development Agency and Global Environmental Facility will finance the project.
“Under the project we will build six flyovers, 32km of footpaths, a depot in Gazipur and an eight-lane bridge over the Tongi river, which has raised the cost,” BRT (Gazipur-Airport) Project Director AQM Ikram Ullah said.

“The BRT will also need 48 hectares of land to develop the depot. While most of it is public land, Tk1,107 crore has been spent to acquire the rest, with a rehabilitation cost of Tk268 crore.”

Articulated buses will run on the BRT at a cost of Tk392.4 crore.

Prof Shamsul Hoque of Buet’s department of civil engineering said there is no need to build a separate infrastructure for BRT.

“Building two dividers on the existing roads would have sufficed. Even land would not have been necessary,” he said. “All that would be necessary would be some stopping points for the passengers. Also, the traffic light system should be upgraded to prioritise the BRT system.”





Progress of Airport-Jhilmil section

The project authority says Dhaka South is more congested than the north and so this is a challenge for the second phase of the BRT line 3 project. The draft design was changed three times, delaying its completion and raising the cost twice from an initial Tk2,747 crore to the current figure of Tk4,747 crore.

As per the design – which has been funded by the World Bank – the main bus corridor, intersection modification, 16 stations, underpasses, box culverts and bridges will cost a combined Tk1,019 crore. The cost for feeder roads, drainage and footpaths has been set at Tk488 crore.

Mohakhali terminal reconstruction and bus depot construction cost is Tk1,163 crore. Keraniganj bus depot cost is Tk132.5 crore. BRT transportation system cost is Tk163 crore. The cost of automated fare collection and ticketing system is Tk52 crore.

The Shantinagar-Keraniganj flyover is not in the RSTP, but Rajuk is implementing the project which has become another major block for the BRT route. As a result the project authorities are trying to redesign the route, which may now end at Mohakhali.

“The project authority’s thought for an alternative is that if the BRT is finally built between Gazipur to Mohakhali instead of Keraniganj, the authority will install two shuttle bus services from Mohakhali bus terminal to Farmgate and another from the terminal to Gulistan,” PD Anisur Rahman said.

Source: http://www.dhakatribune.com/banglade...we-have-a-brt/
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From the Bangladesh subforumers, work on MRT-1 has also begun.

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Work on MRT-1 started November 17th:

Stations on the underground rail (along Airport Rd/Pragati Sarani) will include: Airport (underground), Airport Terminal 3 (underground), Khilkhet (underground), Jamuna Future Park (elevated), Natun Bazar (elevated), Uttar Badda (elevated), Badda (elevated), Hatirjheel (elevated), Rampura (elevated), Malibagh (elevated) and Kamalapur (elevated)

Stations on the viaduct rail near Purbachal Hwy will include: Bashundhara (elevated), u/c Police Officers Housing Society (elevated), Mastul (elevated), Purbachal West (elevated near upcoming National Sporting Complex), Purbachal Central (elevated), Purbachal Sector 7 (elevated near upcoming World Trade Center) and Purbachal Terminal (elevated).
Interestingly, neither the map included in the above post or from the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority is accurate to the description.





Both rail maps have errors and are inaccurate as per the description. With this the case, I wonder which stations really are elevated or underground.

Here's some more photos from the subforum on the project's construction.

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Oh, they were feasibility studies...

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Digging works for MRT-6 throughout Dhaka. Crossposted from the Bangladesh subforum.

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Groundwork for stations at Pallabi, Agargaon, Mirpur 10, Uttara South, Uttara Center, Uttara North

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Government is now seeking funding for new MRT-2 project.

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2ND PADMA BRIDGE, 17 OTHER PROJECTS: Govt seeking Japanese fund

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"Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project-2" (MRT Line-2) is dubbed the second metro rail project.

The proposed route of MRT Line-2 is Ashulia-Savar-Gabtoli-Azimpur-Buet-Kamalapur. It would cover around 40kms.

"The MRT Line-2 has been conceptualised to meet the huge demand of over 1.1 million passengers every day on the proposed route," says the concept paper of the project.

[...]

Source: http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpag...e-fund-1509418
And here's a very rough line of how the line would connect the neighborhoods. The length is around 10km shorter than stated, though the actual MRT might follow established roads instead of going through creeks and fields.

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