News desk: The construction of the country's first 31.241 km long underground metro rail will begin. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate this project today in Sector 4 of Purbachal.
Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) Managing Director MAN Siddique said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the construction work of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-1 at Purbachal Sector-4 on Thursday at 11 am.
He said that the government will construct MRT Line-1 with both underground and elevated facilities from Airport to Kamalapur and from Purbachal to New Bazar by 2026 at an estimated cost of Tk 52,561.43 crore.
Stating that a total of six metro rail routes will be inaugurated in the capital Dhaka by 2030, Siddique said, DMTCL will implement these mega projects.
As per the project details, MRT Line-1 will have two sections – a 19.872 km section from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kamalapur (airport route). It will be underground and will have 12 stations. The other part is about 11.37 km from New Bazar to Purbachal with elevated line (Purbachal route). It will have seven stations.
On the other hand, New Bazaar and Nadda stations will be underground as part of the airport route. The Government of Bangladesh and development aid agency Japan International Cooperation (JICA) will bear the cost of Tk 52,561.43 crore for the construction work of MRT Line-1. Out of this JICA will give Tk 39,450.32 crore as Project Assistance (PA) and Bangladesh Government will give Tk 13 thousand 111 crore 11 lakh. A consortium led by a Japanese firm will oversee the construction of the Airport-Kamalapur-Purbachal metro line.
Earlier in 2019, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the MRT Line-1 project at a cost of Tk 52,561.43 crore.
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