POST TIME: 1 July, 2021 06:01:57 PM
Metrorail: A milestone in communication
Although various measures have been taken at different times to ease traffic congestion in Dhaka city, they have not been very effective but this metro rail will definitely play an effective role in reducing traffic congestion.
Majhar Mannan

Metrorail: A milestone in communication

Residents of Dhaka City have to bear the brunt of traffic jams every day but they will not have to endure that bustle for a long time. In a few days they are on the way to fulfilling their dreams. In 2022, the residents of Dhaka city will be able to reach their desired destination by Metrorail in a short time without any strain.  Metro Rail will provide multi-faceted benefits to the residents of Dhaka. They are: 1. This will free the residents of Dhaka city from the traffic jam. 2. It will save the precious time of the residents of Dhaka city. 3. The journey will be very comfortable and safe. 4. Passengers will feel very comfortable as the train is air-conditioned. 5. City dwellers will be able to reach their destination in a short time and at low rent. 6. Passengers do not have to wait long at the station for the train. 7. There will be no opportunity to travel by train without fare which will ensure transparency. 8. Each coach of the Metrorail will be well-equipped, comfortable and cozy. 9. Passengers will be able to travel very comfortably on the Metrorail even while standing. 10. Each Metrorail station will be sophisticated and spacious where there is no possibility of gathering. Dhaka city has a lot of vehicles and the smoke from those vehicles pollutes the air intensely but since the metro rail will be electrically powered, it will be possible to maintain this communication system in a good way by protecting the environment. One of the major advantages of this metro train is that if there is a power outage, it will not be disrupted but will run smoothly.  This metro train will be equipped with all kinds of modern facilities so that passengers can complete their journey with ease and comfort. This metro train will have wide doors for passengers to get on and off safely. Although various measures have been taken at different times to ease traffic congestion in Dhaka city, they have not been very effective but this metro rail will definitely play an effective role in reducing traffic congestion.

Metrorail will not only alleviate traffic congestion in Dhaka but it will greatly enhance the beauty of Dhaka City and at the same time play an important role in the economic development of the country. After the Metrorail project is completed, the residents of Dhaka will be able to a different, unique and beautiful Dhaka city. This year we are celebrating the golden jubilee of independence with great pride and at the same time the work of two big project Padma Bridge and metro rail is nearing completion. At this great moment of celebrating the centenary of Mujib and the golden jubilee of independence, the nation is on the way to fulfilling two more big dreams.

By 2022, the Padma Bridge will be open to traffic and at the same time, the Metro Railway will enable the residents of Dhaka to travel with ease. In August this year, the residents of Dhaka city will be able to see the experimental movement of Metro train on the flyover. Three-quarters of the construction work of the Dhaka metro rail route has already been completed.  Two sets of trains have already been brought to the country from Japan.  It is learned that three more sets of trains will be brought from Japan by September this year and the rest of the 19 sets trains will be brought in phases.

In the first phase, the train will run from Uttara to Pallabi and then to Agargaon. About 90% of the construction work including flyover from Uttara to Agargaon has already progressed. In addition, the progress of work from Agargaon to Motijheel has been about 65 percent. The length of Metro Rail from Uttara to Motijheel is 20.10 km and it has 16 stations. Line 6 of Metrorail has two sections from Uttara to Agargaon and from Agargaon to Motijheel.

Metrorail's work is moving forward after overcoming many obstacles and challenges and little by little a project like Metrorail is being completed and our dream is coming true. The progress of Metrorail work has slowed down after the terrorist attack on the Holy Artisan but it is moving very fast under the strong leadership of the present government. The work of Metrorail is being carried out very efficiently even in the midst of the covid epidemic and the work of Metrorail has not stopped even for a moment, despite thousands of challenges.

The foreign experts and staff involved in this mega project have not been able to get their work done in time due to the epidemic, but they have not stopped at all. The 668 people involved in the construction of the Metrorail were infected with the coronavirus, but its journey has not stopped and continues.

For metro rail, different types of goods have to be brought from abroad and in this case the concerned people have had to face many stresses and challenges due to the corona epidemic. The government is implementing the Metrorail project at a cost of about Tk. 22,000 crore, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has funded in this project and the progress of the entire project has been 65 percent till May.

The population of Dhaka is constantly increasing and at the same time the perimeter of Dhaka is also increasing and therefore the development of communication system became essential in Dhaka city. Thousands of working hours are wasted every day in Dhaka city due to traffic jams and a lot of resources are wasted and a big project like Metrorail was needed to get rid of it. How developed a country is can be easily gauged by looking at the communication system of that country and this Metrorail is a great example of our economic development. This metro rail will not only ensure a good communication system for the people of Dhaka but will also create a lot of jobs and the country will be far ahead financially.

A country's improved communication system changes the face of that country. A country cannot move forward easily without improved communication system. Developing an integrated transport system is essential for the socio-economic development of a country and improved communication is ineluctable for balanced economic development. The last decade has seen a revolution in the communication system of Bangladesh. This has been possible due to the goodwill of the government, the love of the people of the country and the good relations with the international world. The biggest milestone of Bangladesh's communication is the Padma Bridge. Bangladesh is going to be one of the countries in the world with improved communication system. One cannot but be amazed at the future road plan or travel lines of Bangladesh. 

The writer is Assistant Professor, B A F Shaheen College, Kurmitola, Dhaka Cantonment.