Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has started a feasibility study on Dhaka Metro Rail route-1 and Dhaka Eastern Bypass projects.
The minister urged the Japan government to finance JICA in constructing Metro Rail route-5, a tunnel under the Jamuna River, Padma Bridge connecting road with Charjanajat, Bhanga-Bhatiapara-Kalna connecting road, Panchgachi Bridge and Sonapur-Sonagazi-Jorargach road.
During the meeting, JICA said that it will finance construction of a railway bridge on the Jamuna River.
Of the total cost of Tk 220 billion, JICA will provide Tk 165.95 billion, while the Bangladesh government will provide the remaining Tk 53.90 billion.
The 20.1-km-long Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6 will cover the areas like Uttara Third Phase, the west side of Rokeya Square and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Ruposhi Bangla, TSC of Dhaka University, Doel Intersection, Topkhana Road and Bangladesh Bank.
The route will be extended from Bangladesh Bank point to Saidabad through Atish Dipankar Road.
On December 18, 2012, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the metro rail service project.
Earlier, the last caretaker government took a decision to construct metro rail or elevated expressway across the capital but the decision proved to be faulty as design of the proposed metro rail route through Bijoy Sarani would hinder air traffic at Tejgaon.