Hope of a better future keeps our life going on despite bad times. Similarly, the extremely happy news about the first consignment of metro rail coaches reaching Dhaka two days prior to the scheduled date soared our spirits sky high. The coaches reached Diabari jetty at Uttara in the capital, via Chandpur within a month of being unloaded at Mongla Port. The six coaches from Japan’s Kobe Port had reached Payra Port of Bangladesh in 20 days.
The nation along with the commuters of the capital city is eagerly looking forward to the completion of the Metro Rail project. As with any mega projects, this metro rail project is also being constructed in phases. The first phase of the MRT-6, which is planned to commute between Uttara and Kamalapur Station via Mirpur and Agargaon is expected to be functional sometime in 2022, which will then ease much of the traffic congestion of our beloved mega city Dhaka.Bangladesh is a densely populated country, with a big segment of the population concentrating in the cities for work purposes. The capital city has the highest concentration of population leading to commuting hassles during the rush hour. In fact, the traffic gridlock of Dhaka causes loss of man hour and business worth millions per day. Much of the traffic jam of the city is expected to be eased with the MRT coming into operation, making life of the citizens in general and commuters in particular more comfortable.
We are also elated to know that each of the 738 capacity coaches will have two wheel chairs for the physically challenged. This will go a long way towards creating a more inclusive society, where the nation accommodates to its utmost to enable disabled populations in the country to be more productive according to their own individual capacity.
It is inspiring that despite the intense second wave of coronavirus infections going on, the work on the metro rail is going on in full swing without faltering. About 62 per cent work of the MRT-6 line has been completed. The MRT work progress is like the proverbial silver lining among the dark clouds of the pandemic. It raises our hope for hassle free commuting as well as a cleaner city environment due to less traffic congestion in Dhaka city.