Dhaka Mass Transport Company Limited (DMTCL) on Sunday conducted a performance test of metro rail for the first time in the Uttara-Agargaon phase.
A metro train set was operated on the 11 km viaduct from Uttara depot to Agargaon metro station through Uttara North, Uttar, Uttara Center, Uttara South, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur 10, Kazipara and Shewrapara. The performance test of the train coach was operated at the speed of 100 km per hour from Uttara Depot to Mirpur 10. The train finally reached Agargaon station at the speed of 20 km per hour.
Addressing a press briefing at Agargaon metro station, Managing Director of DMTCL M A N Siddique said they were conducting the performance test of train coach when a new set of trains arrive intending to start the commercial operations of metro rail on December 16, 2022, with 10 sets of the train.
He said, “We can start commercial operation with passengers from Uttara to Agargaon first phase on 16 December. We will be able to provide metro service in 21km line to our city dwellers in the second phase --- Agargaon to Motijheel by December 2023.”
He also said they have got seven sets of metro rail in hand while another set of train will arrive on Monday.
“We will get another two sets of trains in January Next year. When a metro set arrives, we conduct its performance test. We can complete the performance test of the metro by September 2022.”
The DMTCL MD informed that they were now conducting the performance test every day within an 11km viaduct.
DMTCL director Professor Dr. Md. Hadiuzzaman said that during the performance test, the train was manned by a driver but during commercial operation, it would run without a driver and follow the programming set before operations.
He also said that the DTCA was working for fixing the fares of the metro rain.
The Metro rail project started in 2012 with a budget of Tk 21, 985 crore. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided Tk 16,595 crore while the government will provide the rest of Tk 5,390 crore. The DMTCL has completed 71 per cent work of the project.