The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has completed an implementation study of the Transport Master Plan and Preliminary Feasibility Study for a metro rail project in the Chattogram metropolitan area.
KOICA in collaboration with Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) under the Road Transport and Highways Division (RTHD) of Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges conducted the study, said a press release.
In response to the Bangladesh government's request, a Pre-survey Mission from South Korea visited Bangladesh from February 6-15 for the proposed project.
The main purpose of this project is to prepare for the basis for urban transport infrastructure according to the concentration of population, urban expansion, and traffic congestion in Bangladesh's Megacity.
The KOICA team participated in a wrap-up meeting of the pre-survey mission with RTHD Secretary Nazrul Islam and officials of RTHD and DTCA.
KOICA will provide $6 million grant aid to develop the Master Plan and Basic Plan, Dispatch of Experts for Pre-F/S, Preliminary Concept Design, and strengthen the capacity of Bangladeshi officers. The stipulated project period is 2022 to 2024.
After the field survey, the team presented the results of the survey on February 15 with the RTHD Secretary. The team leader of the survey team said that the main objectives of this project are to reduce congestion and improve the quality of citizens' life in Chattogram by eco-friend urban metro systems, contribute sustainable economic development by providing high-quality public transit services, and enhance the institutional capacity of DTCA for road and traffic management.
Ms. Young-Ah Doh, Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office, said the project will support Bangladesh in developing a transport master plan for mass transit and reducing traffic congestion in the port city, the second-largest city in Bangladesh.
The RTHD Secretary Nazrul Islam expressed his gratitude to KOICA for this much-needed intervention in the transport system in Chattogram.
This project will symbolize Korea and Bangladesh's long friendship, he said.