Dhaka Bureau Policy Times:
Bangladesh Planning Minister MA Mannan Wednesday (17th February) expressed his optimism that the operations of the country’s maiden metro rail from Uttara to Agargaon in Dhaka city would begin from the Bangladesh next victory day.
The minister said this after visiting the physical progress of the metro rail project at Diabari depot in the capital Dhaka’s Uttara.
The length of the metro rail, from Uttara to Agargaon having nine stations, is 11.73 kilometers of which the viaduct is visible on the 11.4 kilometers route, he said, adding “Hopefully, metro rail will start operations on this route in the next victory day.”
Mannan said the government is hopeful to launch the operations of metro rail this year to celebrate the golden jubilee of the country’s independence. “Although there was an impact on the project works due to COVID-19, but work is now going on day and night,” he added.
The minister also informed that a committee is working to fix the fares of the metro rail.
Managing Director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited MAN Siddique said the trial run of metro rail would begin on April 23.
“In many countries, this trial run ranges from three months to one year. After the trial run, it will be possible to say when the commercial operations could be launched. Hopefully, we’ll be able to say about this in July,” he added.