Metro Rail will carry 60,000 passengers per hour by traveling the entire 21 km route from Uttara to Motijheel in less than 40 minutes.
Talking to journalists on Saturday, Managing Director of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Limited (DMTCL) MAN Siddique said there will be a total of 16 stations on the 21 km route of the Mass Rapid Transit-MRT Line-6. The stations are Uttara North, Uttara Center, Uttara South, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Karwan Bazar, Shahbag, Dhaka University, Bangladesh Secretariat and Motijheel.
The iconic stations will be at Diabari, Mirpur and Motijheel, while others stations will be constructed ordinarily.
Siddique said manufacturing of the three more metro-train sets, having six passenger coaches, will be completed by December this year in Japan. Manufacturing of two sets of train were completed in September.
Manufacturing of the two metro train sets were completed in September and manufacturing of three more sets are progressing fast in the factory in Osaka, he said.
“The 24 six-car train sets are being supplied from Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi under a 40 billion yen contract which includes fitting out of the depot.
Siddique hoped that if the current pace of work continues, the rail project would be completed within December 2022.
“If everything goes normal, people of the capital will be able to travel from Diabari to Motijheel on the dream metro rail before scheduled time,” he said.
According to the project details, each of the six coaches will be reserved for women only, but men and women can move together on the train.
It said the overall physical progress of the first phase construction from Uttara to Agargaon is 77.57 per cent and second phase progress from Agargaon to Motijheel is 47.49 per cent, while the overall progress stood at 53.58 per cent.
The project details said around 11.04-kilometer viaduct, partial structure of the 20.1-kilometre-long metro rail system for Dhaka city, became visible between Uttara and Agargaon.
It said sub-structure of nine stations was completed, while concourse roofs of Uttara North, Uttara Centre and Uttara South were finished. Concourse roofs construction of Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara and Shewrapara stations is going on.
Construction of platforms of Uttara Center and Uttara South were completed, while construction of Uttara North platform is last stage. Steel structure erection works of Uttara North and Uttara South are underway. Mechanical, electric and plumbing works of Uttara North, Uttara Centre and Uttara South stations are started.
Besides, telecommunication, power substation, signaling and rooms for station controller construction works are also began to hand over contract package CP-07.
Considering uninterrupted water flow and traffic management, construction works of three long span balance cantilevers out of five were completed, while remaining two long span balance cantilevers are underway.