Metrorail was once a dream for the people of Dhaka but today it is very real. It has been inaugurated recently and is currently making test runs. Soon it will carry passengers and the dream of Dhaka commuters will come true.
In the field of communication, a new era and a new dream has begun in the capital. The 20.1 km long metrorail line from Uttara to Motijheel is known as mrt-6. Twenty-four trains on both sides can carry 60,000 passengers per hour and 500,000 passengers a day. There will be six coaches in each train which can be upgraded in the future and each train will be able to carry a maximum of 2308 passengers. Motijheel can be reached from Uttara in just 40 minutes, reducing traffic congestion and saving unlimited number of working hours. As Metrorail is fully electric, it will play an effective role in reducing environmental pollution.
Metro Rail will provide multi-faceted benefits to the residents of Dhaka. These are:
1. This will free the residents of Dhaka city from the traffic jam.
2. It will save precious time for the residents of Dhaka city.
3. The journey will be very comfortable and safe.
4. Passengers will feel very comfortable as the train is air-conditioned.
6. Passengers will not have to wait long at the station for the train.
7. There will be no opportunity to travel by train without fare which will ensure transparency.
8. Each coach of the Metrorail will be well-equipped, comfortable and cozy.
9. Passengers will be able to travel very comfortably on the Metrorail even while standing.
10. Each metrorail station will be sophisticated and spacious where there is no possibility of gathering.
Dhaka city has a lot of vehicles and the smoke from those vehicles pollutes the air intensely but since the metrorail will be electrically powered, it will be possible to maintain this communication system in a good way by protecting the environment. One of the major advantages of this metro train is that if there is a power outage, it will not be disrupted but will run smoothly. This metro train will be equipped with all kinds of modern facilities so that passengers can complete their journey with ease and comfort. This metro train will have wide doors for passengers to get on and off safely. Although various measures have been taken at different times to ease traffic congestion in Dhaka city, they have not been very effective but this metrorail will definitely play an effective role in reducing traffic congestion. Metrorail will not only alleviate traffic congestion in Dhaka city but it will greatly enhance the beauty of Dhaka city and at the same time play an important role in the economic development of the country. After the Metrorail project is completed, the residents of Dhaka city will be able to see a different, unique and beautiful Dhaka.
This year we are celebrating the golden jubilee of independence with great pride and at the same time the work of two big projects - the Padma Bridge and the Metrorail is nearing completion. At this great moment of celebrating the centenary of Mujib and the golden jubilee of independence, the nation is on the way to fulfilling two more big dreams. By 2022, the Padma Bridge will be open to traffic and at the same time, the Metro Railway will enable the residents of Dhaka to travel with ease. In August this year, the residents of Dhaka city saw the experimental movement of Metro trains on the flyover.
Three-quarters of the construction work of the Dhaka metrorail route has already been completed. Two sets of trains have already been brought to the country from Japan. It is learned that three more sets of trains will be brought from Japan by September this year and the rest of the 19 sets of trains will be brought in phases. In the first phase, the trains will run from Uttara to Pallabi and then to Agargaon. About 90 per cent of the construction work, including the flyover from Uttara to Agargaon, has progressed. In addition, the progress of work from Agargaon to Motijheel has been about 65 per cent. The length of the Metro Rail from Uttara to Motijheel is 20.10 km and it has 16 stations. Line 6 of Metrorail has two sections from Uttara to Agargaon and from Agargaon to Motijheel.
Metrorail's work is moving forward after overcoming many obstacles and challenges and little by little a huge project like the Metrorail is being completed and our dream is coming true. The progress of Metrorail work had slowed down after the Holy Artisan attack but it started to move very fast soon after under the strong leadership of the present government. The work of the Metrorail is being carried out very efficiently even in the midst of the Corona epidemic. In fact, the work of the Metrorail did not stop even for a day, despite thousands of challenges. The foreign experts and staff involved in this mega project have not stopped due to the epidemic at all. 668 people involved in the construction of the Metrorail were infected with the coronavirus, but its work has not stopped and continues.
For metrorail, different types of goods have to be brought from abroad and in this case the concerned people have had to face many stresses and challenges due to the corona epidemic. The government is implementing the Metrorail project at a cost of about Tk. 22,000 crore, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also funded this project and the progress of the entire project has been 65 per cent till May.
The population of Dhaka is constantly increasing and at the same time the perimeter of the city is also increasing and therefore the development of a communication system became essential to ease commuting woes within Dhaka city. Thousands of working hours are wasted every day in Dhaka city due to traffic jams and a lot of resources are wasted and a big project like Metrorail was needed to solve it. How developed a country is can be easily gauged by looking at the communication system of that country and this metrorail is a great example of our economic development. The metro rail will not only ensure a good communication system for the people of Dhaka but will also create a lot of jobs and the country will be far ahead financially.
A country's improved communication system changes the face of that country. A country cannot move forward easily without an improved communication system. Developing an integrated transport system is essential for the socio-economic development of a country. Also, an improved communication system is necessary for the balanced economic development of a country. The past decade has seen a revolution in the communication system of Bangladesh. This has been possible due to the goodwill of the government, the dedication of the people of the country and good relations with the international world. The biggest milestone of Bangladesh's communication is the Padma Bridge. Bangladesh is soon going to be amongst the countries of the world which are having an improved communication system. One cannot be but amazed and proud at the future road plan of Bangladesh.
Majhar Mannan, Assistant Professor, B A F
Shaheen College Kurmitola, Dhaka Cantonment