Bangladesh is entering the era of electric trains. Trial run of metro train has begun which is raising a new hope among the city people.
Recently, the metro rail authority has made a trial run of the electric train with its six coaches on Diya Bari –Mirpur route and the train has reportedly stopped at every station without any problem. According to the concerned of metro rail, trial runs at different phases will be conducted to assess the capability and performance of metro rail.
It is expected that after its required trial runs with passengers and without passengers the most desirous rail service will be opened for public by the end of 2022. Truly, due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic the construction work was slightly slowed down as many experts and staff involved in this project became infected with Covid-19.
However, currently the construction work is going in full swing to complete the construction work within the frame time. Meanwhile, four sets of trains comprising 24 air conditioned coaches have reached the country from Japan and 30 more coaches are expected to arrive by September next.
It is no denial that metro rail is one of the land mark projects taken by the present government led by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The construction of the first phase MRT Line -6 started from Uttara, a northern area of Dhaka, to Motijheel in the south of the capital. The total cost of the project was amounted to Taka 22,000 crores.
One third of the cost of the metro rail project is being financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Bangladesh is financing the rest for the project. The construction work of the line-6 from Uttara to Motijheel has been almost in a complete shape on the priority basis to ease the traffic congestion in the city as the first phase in the metro rail strategic plans. Introducing metro rail for smooth transportation in Dhaka city is one of the strategic transport plans for the greater Dhaka city and its adjacent areas.
Perennial traffic congestion has been an everyday issue for the dwellers in Dhaka city. City life becomes burdensome to endure the unending traffic problem. The traffic congestion of Dhaka city is becoming worse because of increasing population and urbanization, migration of people from rural areas to Dhaka city for lives and livelihoods.
It is obvious that thousands of working hours are wasted every day in Dhaka city and the country faces a huge economic loss. City people are living amid the most miserable condition as they have no alternatives to bear the brunt of traffic congestion. Thousands of vehicles get struck on the roads in Dhaka city for the hours. Especially, at the peak hours the traffic congestion turns catastrophic.
However, at different times short and long-term initiatives were adopted to ease the city dwellers from the burden of traffic. But in most cases the initiatives failed to address the ongoing traffic chaos. Previously,studies financed by the government and NGOs were conducted to find the permanent solution of traffic problem. The recommendations of the studies were put into consideration and worked on those butthe city people have not seen the desirous outcome in solving traffic problem.The first time the city people are finding the way to come out of the traffic burden as soon as the metro rail is launched for the mass.
The life of Dhaka city dwellers is expected to speed up amid the era of electric rail. The train having its 16 stations can be able to carry 60,000 people an hour on its route between Uttara and Motijheel. There will be no crowd while getting into the train. It may take around 40 minutes to reach Motijheel from Uttara. But usually when someone goes by a bus, he/she may need minimum 2 hours and maximum 4 hours to travel the same distance. It may be more than that when traffic congestion goes frustratingly beyond.
As the metro rail will save time, energy and resources, it would likely boost up economic and social development. It will not only ease the perennial traffic congestion, but also ensure a happy journey for travelers. This train will help the city environment preventfrom pollution as it will not burn fuels, rather to be operated by uninterrupted power supply.
Experts opine that accidents on the city streets would be checked when the most disciplined train service runs. The train will have emergency exit doors to exit the interior for the passengers. On top of that, initiatives have been taken to form a separate specialized MRT Police Force to ensure safe travel of passengers on the metro rail. Obviously, it would be a complete example of an improved, faster and comfortable means of transportation for the travelers across Dhaka city.
Evidently, the development of a country is connected how much its communication system is improved. Again, the development of a country can easily be guessed to observe its communication system and infrastructures. Bangladesh under the prudent leadership of the honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is advancing to a greatheight.
The construction of the Padma Bridge and Metro rail is the glaring example of enormous possibilities in the communication sector. It is expected that by 2022 the Padma Bridge and Metro rail service will be inaugurated. The PadmaBridge is going to create a new episode to our history apart from bringing communication and economic success. Simultaneously, the Metro rail will alleviate the decades’ long sufferingsof the peoplecaused by traffic congestion in the city and help make Dhaka as one of the model capital cities in the world.
The writer teaches at Prime University. He is also a research scholar at the IBS. Email: [email protected]