The first consignment of train set for Dhaka metro rail project reached Mongla port from Japan’s Kobe seaport on Wednesday.
A ship named SPM Bangkok reached Mongla Port with the coaches of metro train on Wednesday afternoon, officials at Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL) confirmed.“Today is a very joyful day for us as our dream metro train set has touched the country’s soil,” DMTCL Managing Director
MAN Siddiqui said in an immediate reaction.
A set of metro rail comprising six coaches manufactured by a joint venture of Japanese automobile giants Kawasaki and Mitsubishi.
Siddiqui hoped that the trains will reach the project’s Uttara Depot in Dhaka by April 23 after completing all the customs formalities at Mongla Port. Earlier on March 04, the ship carrying the trains sailed out for Mongla Port from Japan’s Kobe seaport.
Out of six coaches, first two coaches are being shipped to Uttara by a barge after unloading them from SPM Bangkok. The rest of the coaches will also be shipped by barges.
The barge carrying the first two coaches is expected to leave for the newly built jetty at the Turag River near Uttara by April 11 after completing duty and VAT related formalities at Mongla Port.The barge will travel through Mongla-Jhalkathi-Barishal-Chandpur-Munshiganj-Sadarghat-Diabari route.
The shipment of second set of trains is expected to start from Kobe port to Mongla on April 15, according to DMTCL officials. The MRT Line-6 will feature 24 six-car train sets made of lightweight and highly durable stainless-steel. Each set of train will have six coaches.
DMTCL officials hope that from now on a set of metro trains will reach the country every month, if the weather remains in favour.
The estimated project cost of the metro rail is Tk219.85 billion. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing Tk165.95 billion as project aid.