In a major development of the Dhaka metro rail project, six more rail coaches reached the country from Japan on Sunday.
The Belize-flagged ship MV Ocean Grace carrying the coaches from Japan’s Kobe port arrived at Mongla Port jetty on Sunday noon, Mongla Port Authority said.Earlier on March 31, the first lot of six rail coaches reached the country’s Southern seaport, which has already reached Uttara’s metro rail depot in the capital through river route.
The unloading of the second lot of metro rail coaches was supposed to start by the afternoon, they added.
The foreign ship's local shipping agent Ancient Steamship Company Limited General Manager Ohiduzzaman said they will start unloading the coaches as soon as possible.
Project officials of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Company Ltd said 24 train sets would be imported under Package-08 of MRT Line 6.
Each set comprises six coaches including two locomotives. Each set of the train will have two engines on either side. There will be four coaches.
Six compartments together cost around Tk 100 crore, including VAT and tax.A joint venture of Japanese automobile giants Kawasaki-Mitsubishi is building 24 sets of trains for the metro rail project.
Each train will have two wheelchairs. Each air-conditioned compartment will have four doors on each side. Each train with Japanese standard security will have a passenger capacity of 1,738.
Rear Admiral Mohammad Musa, chairman of the Mongla Port Authority, said 144 more carriages on 24 ships would be unloaded from the port by 2022.
Metro rail officials informed that the first lot rail coaches are now under 19 types of experiment and will be formally unveiled before April 11.