The revised Strategic Transport Plan in the final draft recommends five Mass Rapid Transits (MRT) and two Bus-Rapid Transits (BRT) for safe, modern and sustainable transportation for Dhaka Metropolitan area.
A senior official in the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges said the drafts were prepared with the help of foreign and local consulting agencies and in coordination with the RAJUK authority. As per the proposal the projects are 52km long MRT Line 1 from Gazipur to Jhilmil and Purbachal to Khilkhet, MRT Line 2 (40km) from Ashulia to Kamalapur, BRT Line 3(42km, Gazipur-International Airport-Jhilmil), MRT Line 4 (16km, Kamalapur-Narayanganj), MRT Line 5 (35km, Bolta-Mirpur Road-Dhammondi-Hatir Jheel Link Road), MRT Line 6 (20km, Uttara-Motijheel) and BRT Line 7 (36km) from Eastern Fringe Area.
Among the projects the MRT Line 6 project popularly named as metro rail' soil tests and utility identification works are already going on and its physical construction works will start in the year 2017.
Rafiqul Islam, a senior official involved with the draft final report of Revised Strategic Transport Plan (RSTP), said the projects have been designed on the basis of controlling motorized growth, effective use of limited roads space, enhancement of traffic safety measures, development of efficient parking systems and capacity development.
He said the draft final RSTP will be submitted within one week to several experts for collecting comments, more feasibility study and their opinions. The RSTP preparation with the assistance from Japan International Cooperation agency (JICA) will also be submitted to different government agencies for vetting, recommendations and suggestions.
After incorporating the feedbacks and necessary amendments the draft would finally be submitted to the Cabinet for its approval.
Another STP official said the strategy for infrastructure sector for the 7th Five Year Plan, transport sector accounts for about 23 per cent of the annual development programmes.