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Metrorail goes on test run on Sunday

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  • 10 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Metrorail goes on test run on Sunday

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A test run of metro trains will be conducted from Uttara to Agargaon in the capital on December 12 as part of a plan to carry passengers by December next year.

Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL) Managing Director MAN Siddique disclosed the information at a webinar on Thursday.

“The residents of the capital will be able to travel by metrorail by December next year,” he said.

Prior to the planned passenger-free trial run on 11.73km Uttara-Agargaon segment, metro trains went through a number of test runs.

DMTCL conducted the first test run from Uttara Diabari to Mirpur 12 on August 29 this year, which was later extended to Mirpur-10.

Performance tests are being carried out in three parts. At first, metrorail plied between three stations. In the second step, the test run was done between six stations upto Mirpur-10.

And finally, it is being carried out in the whole Uttara-Agargaon segment out of 20.10km metrorail elevated track from Uttara to Motijheel.       The performance test will be done for six months from last August and then an integrated test will be carried out for the following three months.

Subsequently, metrorail will be put on trial run for another five months to make it ready for plying within the Uttara-Agargaon first phase by December next year.

So far, nearly 18.5km of 20.10km viaduct has already been erected and six out of 16 stations have been constructed. Railway and electricity line have also been installed in Uttara-Agargaon portion.

Upto November, the project saw overall progress of 72 percent with Uttara-Agargaon segment’s public works advancing 89.61 percent and Agargaon-Motijheel segment 70.57 percent.

The scheme is being implemented spending nearly Tk 220 billion, major portion of which is coming from Japan government. Its completion deadline is June 2024.

A total of 24 train sets, each set having six coaches, including two locomotives on both sides, are being procured from Japan.

So far, seven sets have already reached Diabari depot in Dhaka from Japan and one set is on the way to depot from Mongla, two sets already sailed for Bangladesh and others under different stages of construction in Japan, according to project officials.