The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau :
On May 11, 2021, Mr. ITO Naoki, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, together with Mr. HAYAKAWA Yuho, Chief Representative, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Bangladesh, attended the MRT 6 trains introduction ceremony.
Mr. Obaidul Quader, Minister, Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges Bangladesh also participated in the ceremony online.
In this ceremony of viewing 6 railcars of Dhaka MRT manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kobe, Japan, Ambassador ITO said in his speech, “Today, we are one step closer to the completion of the historic project. When the people of Bangladesh see this electrified vehicle traveling in Dhaka, they will realize the beginning of a new era for Bangladesh.
The project has overcome a number of hard challenges, from the terrible terror attack to the current pandemic crisis.
The trains in the traditional colors of Bangladesh will run in Dhaka city with Japanese technology.
It symbolizes the changing face of Dhaka. Dhaka MRT is the front runner of the transport infrastructure development of the city. Cars are made of stainless steel, which is lightweight and features high durability. For the safety of passengers, they are equipped with interior CCTV cameras and exterior CCTV cameras. The automatic ticket gates will use “Rapid Pass” with Felica chip, developed by Sony. Passengers pass through the gates by simply touching them. In addition, it has a Communications-Based Train Control system (CBTC), which is the state-of-the-art signaling system by Nippon Signal. CBTC uses radio communication which enables high-density train traffic to operate. There is one more Japanese technology – Energy Storage System (ESS) by Toshiba. The ESS system stores regenerative electricity by train braking and supply it to the train efficiently. This system is instrumental in energy-saving and lower maintenance costs for braking devices.”
Line 6 is fully elevated in a total length of approximately 20 km with 16 stations, connecting the center of Dhaka from north to south. It will connect Uttara North to Motijheel in 36 minutes.
Japanese companies have been awarded the contract for the manufacture and delivery of trains, construction of train depots and station buildings, major construction work of an essential part in the main line, and supply of major equipment such as signaling and ticket gate systems. Kawasaki Heavy Industries will manufacture a total of 144 railcars. The first batch (6 cars) was shipped from Kobe port on March 3 and arrived in Dhaka on April 21.