Dhaka – The government has been contemplating formation of a separate police unit to guard the metro rail, construction of which is in full-swing and partly likely to be opened in two years to reduce the nagging traffic congestion in Dhaka city.
This view was expressed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while she was given a power-point presentation on the Mass Rapid Transit project at her official Ganabhaban residence on Monday.
The prime minister also gave directives to the implanting authority for smooth and speedy implementation of the project, officials said.
MAN Siddique, the head of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Company (DMTCL), explained the overall progress of the project. He projected the progress of MRT Line 6 as well as MRT Line 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
The state-run company has been implementing the country’s first metro rail project. Japan International Cooperation Agency has been assisting Bangladesh to get the project done.
The meeting was informed that 30 per cent of the MRT Line-6 (Uttara-Agargaon-Motijheel) has been completed while nearly 46 percent works of the Uttara-Agargaon part and 24 percent works of the Agargaon-Motijheel part of the MRT Line-6 have so far been completed.
Former shipping minister Shajahan Khan, MP, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan, Defence Secretary Akhtar Hossain Bhuiyan, CEO of National Security Affairs Cell and former DMP Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia and JICA representatives were present at the meeting.
The 20.10-km MRT Line-6 will run from Uttara Third Phase and pass through Pallabi, the west side of Rokeya Sarani and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Hotel InterContinental, TSC of Dhaka University, Doel Chattar, Topkhana Road and Bangladesh Bank.
It is being implemented at a cost of about 22,000 crore taka. Of the amount, the JICA is providing 16,500 crore taka to the project, while the rest of the fund would come from the Government of Bangladesh (GoB).
The metro rail will carry 60,000 passengers in an hour. It will touch every station in every four minutes. There will be 16 stations.
Once MRT-6 Project is in operation, the commuters will be able to travel to Bangladesh Bank from Uttara only in 38 minutes.