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Dream metrorail hits track for trial run

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Dream metrorail hits track for trial run
Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd, operating agency of metro rails, puts a train of six metro rail coaches on a trial run on Diya Bari-Mirpur route for the first time on Friday. – SUN PHOTO

Dream Dhaka Metrorail is coming close to its historic journey as the authorities conducted trial run of a metro train of six coaches on the elevated track on Friday.

The trial run of the metro train on the track continued for four hours from 6:00am without facing any problems, said, Arifur Rahman, a manager of the mega metro rail project.

 “We successfully conducted trial run of the train from Uttara to Pallabi of Mirpur for trouble shooting. The train stopped at every station without any problem,” he told media.

The same set of the train will be put on the track for test run from Uttara to Pallabi on Sunday, according to sources at Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL).

The rail track will be expanded to Kamlapur. Some 68.49 percent work of the metro rail project has already been completed, says the progress report of DMTCL.

Construction work of 17 metro rail stations is progressing fast while the erection of vayadact stretching 16.56 kilometers out of total 20.10km has been completed.

Electrical work of the metrorail system is almost complete while 15.5 kilometre rail track has been set up on the vayadact, according to the project data. Four sets of metro train have already arrived in Dhaka from Japan. Engineers have already completed 19 types of trouble shooting of the coaches.

Metrorail coaches are made of stainless steel. The coaches are light having have durability. They are equipped with interior and exterior CCTV cameras.

Automatic ticket gates at the stations will have ‘Rapid Pass’ facility with Felica chip, developed by Sony Corporation. Passengers will pass through the gates by simply touching them.

The metro rail will be connected with modern communications-based train control system which enables high-density traffic in train operations.

It will also have energy storage system (ESS) developed by Toshiba for storing regenerative electricity through train braking and efficient power supply, the official said.

Japanese companies got the contract to manufacture and delivery of trains, construct of train depots and station buildings, and supply of equipment for the project.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan will manufacture 144 rail cars. The first set of six cars was shipped from Kobe port on March 3 and arrived in Dhaka on April 21.