Special police unit for metro rail security: PM
Published : Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 197
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said a special police unit will be formed to ensure security of metro rail.
She said this during a power-point presentation on the progress of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) popularly known as metro rail in Dhaka at Ganobhaban, the official residence of the Prime Minister in the city.
Former shipping minister Shajahan Khan, PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan, Defense Secretary Akhtar Hossain Bhuiyan, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, CEO of National Security Affairs Cell and former DMP Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia and JICA representatives were present at the meeting.
Managing Director of the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Company (DMTCL) MAN Siddique highlighted through the power-point presentation an overall progress of the implementation of the Time Bound Action Plan 2030 for Construction of the MRT Lines in Dhaka City and its adjoining areas.
He projected the progress of MRT Line 6 as well as MRT Line 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 through the power-point presentation.
The metro rail project, the first of its kind in the country, is being implemented by the state-owned DMTCL in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
At the meeting, the Prime Minister gave some directives to the authorities concerned for smooth and speedy implementation of the mega scheme.
It was informed at the review meeting that overall progress of the works of the MRT Line-6 (Uttara-Agargaon-Motijheel) till August was 30 percent.
About 46 percent works of the Uttara-Agargaon part and 24 percent works of the Agargaon-Motijheel part of the MRT Line-6 have so far been completed.
The 20.10-km MRT Line-6 will run from Uttara Third Phase and pass through Pallabi, the west side of Rokeya Sarani and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Hotel InterContinental, TSC of Dhaka University, Doel Chattar, Topkhana Road and Bangladesh Bank.
The MRT-6 Project is being executed at a cost of about TK22, 000 crore. Of the amount, the JICA is providing Tk16, 500 crore to the project while the rest of the fund would come from the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), official sources said.
The fast moving metro rail will run from Uttara and Motijheel via Mirpur and Farmgate, carrying 60,000 passengers in an hour touching every station once in every four minutes.
There will be 16 stations - Uttara North, Central and South, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Taltala, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Sonargaon, National Museum, Doel Chattar, Bangabandhu National Stadium and Bangladesh Bank.
The people could reach Bangladesh Bank from Uttara within 38 minutes.