Dhaka Bracing For First Ever Underground Subway
ECNEC set to approve Tk 93,800 crore mega project today
Published : Tuesday, 15 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 119
The government is going to set up 51.24 km underground subway network in and around the capital which will cover most part of the elevated metro rail line-1 and-5. The project will cost a total of Tk 93,800 crore.
The Planning Commission has already finalized Development Project Proposal (DPP) of the mega scheme. It will be presented before the meeting of the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) today (Tuesday) for approval.
Shamima Nargisa, member of the Planning Commission said the metrorail project is very important for the country. Bangladesh will enter the sub-rail age through this project.
Road Transport and Highways Department sources said that the length of the Metrorail Line-1 project is 31.24 km and it will have 19 km underground network. This metro line will run from the capital's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kamalapur railway station.
The first part of the MRT-1 project will be the airport route. It will stretch from the terminal 3 of Shahjalal International Airport to Kamalapur via Khilkhet, Jamuna Future Park, Notun Bazar, Badda, Hatirjheel, Rampura, Malibagh and Razarbagh. It will be 16.4 km.
The second part of the underground rail will be the Purbachal route. It will stretch from Notun Bazar to Purbachal Depot via Jamuna Future Park. This route will cover 10.2 km.
The Metrorail Line-5 will have 20 km subway running from Hemayetpur to Savar and from Bhatara to Savar. The remaining six kilometers will be elevated.
Concerned sources said all construction work will be taken underground. There will be regular vehicular movement on road above the underground tunnel.
Sources in road transport and bridges ministry said the underground and surface position of Dhaka city is suitable for construction of the subway, which will be similar to Osaka city (Japan) underground subway.
For this reason, the subway will be constructed following the Osaka subway, which is 20 to 25 meters below the surface.
Modern tunnel-boring machine will be used in the construction of subway tunnels. So, there will be no public sufferings during the work. No environmental degradation will occur, the sources said.
According to the project design, the route will be approximately 31km long. This route is divided into two parts: Airport route and Purbachal route, which are expected to be complete by 2026 at a cost of Tk 50,000 crore.
Planning Commission has estimated Tk 52,561 crore cost for metro rail line-1 projects. Of which Tk 39,450 crore will be provided as grant by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the rest of amount will come from the government own fund.
The duration of project implementation has been estimated from 2019 to 2026. Initially 14 lakh passengers will be able to move daily, which will then increase to 19 lakhs in next phase.
On the other hand, a total Tk 41,238 crore has been estimated as cost for metro rail line-5 project. JICA will provide Tk 29,117 crore as grant while the remaining of Tk 12,112 crore will come from the government own found. Its work will start from 2019 and end by 2028.
In 2017, Japan provided Bangladesh 5,590 million yen (around $51 million) for appointing consultants and to start other preliminary work for the project. Last year, two JICA inspection teams visited Bangladesh to see the progress, said an ERD official.
This financial assistance of Japan will be more than those it gave in previous fiscal years. The interest rate will be 0.95 percent and the loan to be repaid within 30 years.