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Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar high-speed tourist train on cards: PM

She opens second Meghna, Gumti bridges, nonstop Panchagarh Express train service

Published : Sunday, 26 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 960

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launching a new nonstop intercity train service on Dhaka-Panchagarh route named "Panchagarh Express" through video conferencing from her Ganobhaban residence in the capital on Saturday.	Photo: BSS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launching a new nonstop intercity train service on Dhaka-Panchagarh route named "Panchagarh Express" through video conferencing from her Ganobhaban residence in the capital on Saturday. Photo: BSS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced her government's plan to introduce a high-speed tourist train on Dhaka-Cox's Bazar route.
"We think we will be able to introduce a high-speed tourist train on Dhaka-Cox's Bazar route as a rail line is being constructed on Chottagram-Cox's Bazar route," she said while launching a new semi-nonstop intercity train service on Dhaka-Panchagarh route named "Panchagarh Express" through video conferencing from her Ganobhaban residence in the capital on Saturday.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the inaugurated the four-lane Second Meghna Bridge and the Second Gumti Bridge on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway, two flyovers - Konabari and Chandra flyovers, four underpasses - Kaliakair, Deohata, Mirzapur and Gharinda underpasses, and two more bridges - Kadda-1 and Bimail bridges, on the Joydebpur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga Highway.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader gave welcome address on the occasion while Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque and Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque were present on the dais. Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi also spoke on the occasion.
PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman moderated the inaugural ceremony while Secretary of
Road Transport and Highways Division Md Nazrul Islam gave brief pictorial and video presentation of the uplift schemes.
Japanese contractors Obayshi Corporation, Shimizu Corporation, JFE Engineer Corporation, and IHI Infra Systems Company Limited started the constructions of the 2nd Kanchpur bridge along with the 2nd Meghna and 2nd Meghna-Gumti bridges on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway in January 2016.
The construction work of the new 930-metre Meghna and 1,410-metre Gumti bridges was completed with a cost of Taka 1750 crore and Taka 1950 crore respectively, with most of the fund came from Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that it is now a global village, and all will have to catch up with others. "These works, we think, aren't only for usthese will contribute a lot towards enhancing regional cooperation."
She renewed her call to people to be cautious once they are on the streets, especially while crossing roads. "All have to abide by traffic rules."
The new train "Panchagarh Express" will reach Dhaka Kamalapur Rail Station from Panchagarh in 7 hours travelling 593 kilometres and making stopovers at Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Parbatipur and Dhaka Airport Station on the route.
It will leave from Panchagarh at 1:15pm and reach Kamalapur Railway Station by 10:35pm, and will depart from Dhaka at 12:10am and arrive at Panchagarh at 9:40am.
Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan spoke at the programme from Bir Muktijoddha Sirajul Islam Railway Station in Panchagarh through a videoconference. Ministers, PM's advisers, lawmakers, high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
Indonesian Ambassador in Dhaka Rina P. Soemarno attended the programme.
PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman moderated the inaugural ceremony while ecretary of Railways Ministry Md Mozammel Hossain gave a video presentation on the verall development of Bangladesh Railway.
Talking about the construction of Metro Rail to ease the sufferings of people living in Dhaka, the Prime Minister said once the work is completed, there will be no pain.
She said there will be 16 stations for Metro Rail and it will be possible to carry 60,000 passengers per hour.
She said a rail line is being constructed on the Padma Bridge and it will be extended up to Barishal.
In this context, she mentioned that the government has a plan to further expand the rail network from Barisal to Payra and from Panchagarh to Banglabandha.
At the same time, the government has also taken necessary measures to connect the country with regional and Trans Asian Rail Networks, she added.
Apart from this, she stressed the need for achieving capability of building on our own modern wagons and coaches for which she advocated the need for modernisation of the Railway Workshops.






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