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Two more metro-rail projects involving Tk 93,800cr approved

Two subways  planned for Dhaka city

Published : Wednesday, 16 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 996

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved 10 development projects including two metro-rail projects.
Under the project two mass rapid transit lines spanning from Kamalapur Railway Station to the airport area and Natun Bazar-Purbachal Depot under MRT Line-1, and from Hemayetpur to Vatara route via Mirpur and Gulshan under MRT Line-5, will be established.
The approval came at the weekly ECNEC meeting at Planning Commission in the city. ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over it.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam and Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni and other cabinet ministers and senior secretaries attended the meeting.  
Planning Minister MA Mannan told the reporters after the meeting that 'the ECNEC meeting approved a total of 10 projects involving a cost of Tk 100,025.23 crore'.
Of the total cost, Tk 30,466.2 crore will be provided from the government exchequer while the remaining Tk 69,043.37 crore will come as project assistance. JICA, ADB and respective organizations of the government will provide the remaining fund.  
About two subway projects, the Planning Minister said Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Company will implement them.
The first route Line-1 will run on airport to Kamalapur route and Natun Bazar-Purbachal Depot route. It will be implemented from September 2019 to December 2026.
Underground subway line-5 will run on Hemayetpur-Aminbazar-Gabtoli-Mirpur-Kachukhet-Banani-Gulshan-2-Natunbazar-Bhatara route and its implementation will be completed from July 2019 to December 2028.
The Planning Minister said the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Lines 1 and 5 would be implemented with an estimated cost of Tk 93,800 crore to tackle the growing traffic congestion in and around the city.
Of the total cost of the two metro rail projects, Tk 25,232.60 crore will come from the state exchequer including grant amount while Tk 68,567.32 crore will be available as project assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The Planning Minister said the ECNEC meeting was apprised that the work for the two metro subway lines would be completed within the stipulated timeframe and estimated cost.
According to the Planning Commission, the work for MRT Line 1 Project will be completed at a cost of Tk 52,561.43 crore. The government will provide Tk 13,111.11 crore while the rest of Tk 39,450.32 crore will come as JICA project assistance.
Out of the 31.24 km MRT Line 1, around 16.21 kilometers would be underground while around 11.36 km from Kuril to Purbachal Depot would be elevated one. Besides, 3.65 km line would run underground from Natun Bazar to Kuril.
MRT Line-5 has been divided into two routes- northern and southern. Its total cost has been estimated at Tk 41,238.54 crore of which Tk 12,121.49 crore will come from the government exchequer while Tk 29,117 crore as project assistance
The length of the northern route is 20 km of which 6.50 km would be elevated from Hemayetpur to Aminbazar while 13.50 km from Aminbazar to Bhatara would be underground. This project is expected to be completed by December 2028.
Other projects approved in the ECNEC meeting are upgradation of Begamganj to Sonapur section of road on Feni-Noakhali National Highway at Tk 1485 crore.
The Domar-Chilahati-Bhaulaganj-Jalika and Jalika-Bhadurdargah-Dimla in Nilphamari district highway projects will be implemented at a cost of Tk 421 crore.
Construction of fourteen hundred markets link roads, include upgrading Kishoreganj-Karimganj-Chamraghat highways in Kishorganj distric, the infrastructure development projects of Dhaka South City Corporation and the multi-storey residential flat for government officials and employees in Mirpur Paikpara in Dhaka.
The meeting also decided to construct residential buildings for judges in Azimpur, build Irrigation Management Improvement Project for Murali Irrigation Project and Sylhet Forest Department's reforestation and infrastructure development project.

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