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First Indigenous Double Decker Luxury bus manufactured locally (complete with oven, sleeper compartments, sofa, washroom and powder room). Sleeper Luxury buses have already been manufactured for at least a decade.


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Walton launches BRTA approved electric bikes, has eyes on exports​


Sat Dec 3, 2022 06:33 PM Last update on: Sat Dec 3, 2022 06:50 PM

Called 'Takyon e-bikes', these environmentally friendly electric scooters have been approved by BRTA. Image: Walton Digi Tech website

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Called 'Takyon e-bikes', these environmentally friendly electric scooters have been approved by BRTA. Image: Walton Digi Tech website

Walton has officially launched their new line of electric scooters for the Bangladeshi market. Called 'Takyon e-bikes', these environmentally friendly electric scooters have been approved by BRTA.

According to Walton Digi Tech's website, the Takyon 1.00 comes with a top speed of 50 km/h, 60-70 km of driving range and runs on a 72 V, 23 AH graphene lead acid battery. It measures a height of 1,070 mm and has a ground clearance of 130 mm.

As for weight, the curb weight measures 76 kg and the battery weighs 40 kg. The Takyon 1.00 also supports 180 kg of maximum loading capacity.

Regarding the motor, it's a 1.5 KW (maximum) powered DC brushless motor with 88 Nm maximum torque. The lead-acid battery takes up to 6 to 8 hours to fully charge and has a battery capacity of 1,656 WH. The bike also comes with a disk system in both the front and rear brakes.

As per Walton's website, customers will receive up to 2 years of parts warranty upon purchase. The Takyon e-bikes are now available at Walton Plaza stores and can also be ordered online on their official website.

Takyon 1.00 is currently priced at Tk. 1,27,750, as per the official website.
 
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Bangladesh set to become ninth largest consumer market by 2030​

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‘All roads lead to Kamalapur’: how the Dhaka area is set to be transformed into a multimodal transport hub​

The proposed hub will be the first in the country to bring roads and railway communications at the same vantage point around the Kamalapur station so that passengers can quickly hop off from one mode of transportation and hop on to another.​

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Published : 29 Nov 2022, 01:53 PM
Updated : 29 Nov 2022, 01:53 PM

Kamalapur is home to the largest and busiest railway station in Bangladesh and at least 115,000 passengers use the facilities every day for travelling. Just a few paces outside of the station, one of the busiest coach terminals in Dhaka is also being used by thousands of passengers each day.

Now, as the government’s multi-billion dollar communication projects of mass rapid transit or MRT, expressway and bus rapid transit or BRT, is about to come to fruition, the already very busy area will likely become the busiest and most chaotic.

To tackle the possible chaos and massive increase of influx of passengers, the government is planning to transform Kamalapur into a 'Multi Modal Transport Hub'.

Stakeholders and communication experts believe Dhaka’s traffic system will rapidly change with the introduction of MRT, expressway, and BRT, for the better.
THE PROJECT DETAILS IN DEPTH
  • New buildings and a multidimensional station for the Kamalapur hub will cost $574 million.
  • The Airport Railway Station hub will cost $220 million.
  • Proposed development of the Dhaka-Chattogram rail corridor will cost $760 million.
  • Faujdarhat-CGPY meter gauge rail line in Chattogram will be converted to dual gauge.
  • A connection will be established with the Bay Terminal for Dhaka-bound cargo transportation from Chattogram seaport.
  • High-quality workshops will be built for trains.
  • At least 20 locomotives and other equipment will be purchased.
‘All roads lead to Kamalapur’: how the Dhaka area is set to be transformed into a multimodal transport hub


The proposed hub, sources said, will be modelled like the ones in the developed world to provide state-of-the-art passenger services.

This hub will be the first in the country to bring roads and railway communications at the same vantage point around the Kamalapur station so that passengers can quickly hop off from one mode of transportation on to another.

A similar hub is also being planned to surround the Dhaka Airport Railway Station, sources said.

‘All roads lead to Kamalapur’: how the Dhaka area is set to be transformed into a multimodal transport hub


Under the Kamalapur hub plan, Kamalapur Inland Container Depot or ICD will be relocated and a 60-storey multi-purpose building will be built in its place.

“A multi-storey railway station will be built in the underground of the building to serve the metro rail [MRT], subway, elevated expressway and BRT passengers,” said Project Director Al Fattah Md Masudur Rahman.

The government of Bangladesh has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan to implement the project.

Both Dhaka and Tokyo have set a deadline of 2030 to implement it under a public-private partnership or PPP.

A consortium, led by Japan’s Kajima Corporation, has been formed as well with Nippon Koei and Oriental Consultants Global, both also from the Far Eastern nation, as junior partners.

Masudur Rahman told bdnews24.com a feasibility survey has been commissioned and a proposal for financing submitted to the World Bank.

‘All roads lead to Kamalapur’: how the Dhaka area is set to be transformed into a multimodal transport hub


WHAT’S A MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT HUB?
A multimodal transport hub is a large area where many routes of different transportation and communication system meet. Passengers can use it to interchange their preferred mode of transportation to travel to their destinations. It saves time and increases the capacity of the transport sector.

As part of the preparations for these hubs around Kamalapur and Dhaka Airport Railway Station, projects to modernise the Dhaka-Chattogram rail transport corridor will also be undertaken, according to the PPP Authority’s website.

The website also says the existing infrastructure of Kamalapur Railway Station will also be shifted elsewhere.

The planned 60-storey building will have food and shopping marts as well as hotels for the waiting passengers.

Plans are also underway to develop multifaceted commercial areas including shopping complexes in the vast scope of this building.

The project director said separate infrastructure will be built for the subway station, MRT and elevated expressway for passenger management.


‘All roads lead to Kamalapur’: how the Dhaka area is set to be transformed into a multimodal transport hub


The targets set in the preliminary proposal are:
- Relocation of the Kamalapur ICD
- Demolition and cleaning of all the structures within the depot area.
- Construction of the 60-storey building.
- Appropriation of necessary lands for the construction of infrastructure at the Airport Railway Station.

FINANCING

The total cost of the project is initially estimated at Tk 170 billion. The Economic Relations Division has tapped the World Bank with a $1.09 billion, or Tk 110 billion, loan request for the planned proposal. The rest is expected to come from the state coffers.

SM Salimullah Bahar, chief planning officer of Bangladesh Railway, said officials held initial talks with the global lender over the loan and its technical representatives visited the proposed site in April and September.

A World Bank official in Dhaka said the final talks will be held following the feasibility study.

To implement the project, some structures, including the ICD, will need to be removed. The process to approve another project, expected to be financed by the Asian Development Bank, is ongoing to relocate the ICD to Gazipur.

‘All roads lead to Kamalapur’: how the Dhaka area is set to be transformed into a multimodal transport hub



IMPLEMENTATION
Besides Kajima and Bangladesh Railway, Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited, the Bridges Authority and Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority will work together in the project.

Director Fattah said the implementation will be done under a government-to-government financing deal with Japan.

A sub-working group led by Kajima is working on the design.

According to the PPP deal, the financier and the government will share the earnings from the project. Details about the shares are not finalized yet.
 
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City group Bangladesh plans foodstuff and oilseed imports from Canada to process locally and feed local market, also details on their massive ultramodern processing facility. They are a major local retail FMCG suppler


 

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Bangladesh nowadays more or less self-sufficient in producing cold-molded EVA/PVC soles of athletic shoes.

Athletic shoe production/export in Bangladesh started four decades ago and the industry is now widespread even for local consumption nowadays (with factories in remote areas like KeraniGanj), leading to extremely high demand for athletic shoe soles of all types/shapes. These soles are also used in some types of casual and dress-casual shoes with various styles of leather and non-leather uppers.

Athletic shoe production and consumption has always been prolific in Bangladesh, and high volume Taiwanese and Korean producers supplying the major brands like Adidas, Nike, Skechers, New Balance and ASICS have major operations in Bangladesh.

This sector is very different and separate from brands like APEX (and others) who supply high quality leather uppers (as well a completed leather dress footwear) to prestige dress shoe brands in Italy, Spain and the UK. I know for a fact that APEX has supplied uppers at one point or another to Ermenegildo Zegna, Ferragamo and Bruno Magli.

 
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Close to 2 Million eggs per day are produced from Diamond Group's poultry operations in Kapasia (Gazipur) near Dhaka. The facility is self sufficient, sanitary, touchless by human hands (automated) as much as possible and has its own feed operations, as well as produces chicks and broilers besides eggs. It also produces quite a bit of chicken fertilizer and supplies the neighborhood from gas sourced from the fertilizer. They are planning to double production within the short term. Video has English subtitles.

 
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BGMEA organized the "Made in Bangladesh Week" to tell the world the story of glory behind brand Bangladesh, the strides of Bangladesh's RMG industry in workplace safety and sustainability, the vision to retain its fame as a world-class manufacturing hub with the latest innovations and technology.

Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh H. E. Sheikh Hasina, MP conducted the opening ceremony of the Made in Bangladesh Week. The strengths of the industry were displayed with high-end and innovative products, a model of green factory at the carnival hall of the inaugural venue where BGMEA President Faruque Hassan briefed the Honorable Prime Minister about the industry's achievements, and future priorities.

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'Meghna Cloud': Bangladesh's first cloud data centre​


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Bangladesh Data Center Company Limited (BDCCL) and Gennext Technology have recently signed an agreement to set up Meghna Cloud, Bangladesh's first cloud data centre.

According to a press release, this joint venture will be under the initiative 'Made in Bangladesh Cloud', which will make it possible to keep the country's data stored within the country. By not depending on foreign data storage facilities, the government can save foreign exchange in purchasing and using cloud technology from other countries.

The new local data centre can provide services to both government and private organisations in Bangladesh. The press release also states that a brand new Research and Development (R&D) Centre will be set up for Meghna Cloud, which will include teachers and students of both government and private universities along with Bangladesh's data centre industry.

The agreement was signed between BDCCL Managing Director Abu Sayeed Chowdhury and Gennext Technology Chairman Touhidul Islam. Other representatives from both organisations were present at the signing ceremony.
 

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