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Govt to conduct feasibility study of Ctg metro rail

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Govt to conduct feasibility study of Ctg metro rail

The government has moved to prepare a master plan to introduce metro rail in Chattogram.

Official sources say a project titled "Transport Master Plan and Preliminary Feasibility Study for Metrorail Transit Construction in Chittagong Metropolitan Area" has been proposed in this regard.

As the country's commercial capital, Chattogram is home to around four million people. The city has seen rapid population growth, economic development, rapid urbanization, and gradual industrialisation.

As a result, traffic jams, accidents, pollution and other issues are becoming more prevalent in the city's traffic system.

The project will facilitate the construction of an environment-friendly metro system in Chattogram, which will eventually help improve the living conditions of city dwellers.

It is also expected that the project will increase the institutional capacity of the DTCA, CDA, CCC, and CAA in traffic management.

On November 22, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the master plan preparation and feasibility study project based on a recommendation from the Planning Commission. 

A total of Tk 706.3 million has been estimated for the project, of which Tk 136.3 million will come from the state coffer and Tk 570 million from project assistance (PA).

In the past, Chattogram City Corporation (CCC), Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) and Chattogram Port had taken several initiatives to improve the traffic system around Chattogram.       CDA conducted a study for formulating a long-term development strategy in 1995 for traffic and transport in Chattogram city.

Subsequently, CCC conducted a pre-feasibility study to construct MRT line.  But none of the initiatives succeeded in easing the sufferings of city dwellers due to a lack of coordination among the initiatives.

A new initiative has been taken in this context to prepare a transportation development master plan.

A meeting of the Project Evaluation Committee (PEC) of the planning commission was held in late July to assess various aspects of the proposed technical scheme.

The Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) will implement the project by 2025.