Underground Part Of Metro-1: Physical work to start in June

The actual work of the nation's first underground metro rail is required to start in June, as the specialists have nearly finished important preliminary work for this venture. 

Practicality study and all essential reviews were finished. Japan consented to give delicate credit to the Tk 52,561.43-crore project. Around 65 percent work for drawing point of interest configuration was additionally completed a month ago, said authorities. 

Also, offering reports for recruiting temporary workers are practically prepared. The offering cycle is required to take three to four months, they said. 

"We are confident of beginning the actual work inside this June," said MAN Siddique, overseeing head of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL), the actualizing organization of the task. 

When the rail line, officially known as Mass Rapid Transit Line-1 or MRT-1, is finished, it is ready to convey 8 lakh travelers day by day. The rail line is required to be done in 2026. 

The 31.24km MRT Line-1 will have two sections – around 19.87km from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kamalapur with 16.4km underground lines and around 11.36km raised lines from Notun Bazar to Purbachal. 

It would have 19 stations, of which 12 would be underground and seven raised. 

The MRT Line-1 will be second among the six lines to be inherent the capital and its neighboring territories to ease gridlock and control natural contamination. 

The public authority has taken up an arrangement to construct the 128.74km metro rail organization – 67.56km raised and 61.17km underground – with 104 stations inside 2030. 

Development of the nation's first historically speaking metro rail line – MRT-6 – is presently proceeding to interface Uttara Third Phase with Motijheel with 20.10km raised rail lines. 

The undertaking saw 55.19 percent progress till a month ago. The DMTCL is currently attempting to stretch out the line up to Kamalapur Railway Station from Motijheel. 


The public authority consented to an advance arrangement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) in June 2017 for naming an expert firm for detail plan and delicate help. 

The undertaking practicality was done in December 2018. 

In October 2018, the DMTCL selected NKDOS consortium for planning point of interest plan and delicate records. 

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council in October a year ago affirmed the venture to be actualized inside September 2019 and December 2026. 

Of the Tk 52,561.43 crore costs, the public authority will give Tk 13,111 crore and the Jica Tk 39,450 crore. 

According to the arrangement, Airport-Kamalapur course has 12 underground stations – at the air terminal, Terminal-3 of the air terminal, Khilkhet, Jamuna Future Park, Notun Bazar, Uttar Badda, Badda, Hatirjheel East, Rampura, Malibagh, Rajarbagh and Kamalapur. 

The Purbachal part will have stations at Notun Bazar, Bashundhara, Police Officers' Housing Society, Mastul, Purbachal West, Purbachal Center and Purbachal East. 

The warehouse would be set up at Pitalganj in Narayangaj's Rupganj. The Notun Bazar station would fill in as an exchange. 

The DMTCL specialists had an arrangement to begin the actual work in December. However, they needed to change the arrangement because of the Covid-19 pandemic, MAN Siddique said. 

He said they are currently settling the delicate records prior to sending it to Japan for endorsement inside this month. 

In the interim, the specialists have begun land obtaining for building stop and warehouse's frontage road in Rupganj's Pitalganj and Brahmankhali moujas. A sum of 93 sections of land of land would be obtained for the reason, as per the undertaking archives.