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The electric train crosses 500 metres with six coaches at the Diabari depot

The country’s first electric train completed its maiden test run in Dhaka's Uttara on Tuesday.

It crossed 500 metres with six coaches during the trial run at the Diabari depot around 12 noon at a speed of 5km per hour, according to media reports.

A driver from the Kawasaki-Mitsubishi Consortium drove the Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 (MRT-6) train to the unloading zone from a workshop. When commissioned, the trains will run at a speed of 100km/hr.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader virtually joined the event organized by Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd.

According to the minister, the average progress of the project is 63.2% while the progress of the construction work from Uttara to Agargaon section, being implemented under the first phase, is 84.9%.

The minister stated that the progress of the second phase (Agargaon to Motijheel) was 59.7% while the overall progress in procurement of electrical and mechanical system, rolling stock, and depot equipment was 54.4%.

The project is being implemented at a cost of Tk22,000 crore.

Once operational, a train will be carrying 60,000 people every hour, significantly reducing travel time. The route will have 16 stations.

Also Read - In pictures: Metro Rail - A dream made reality

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The first shipment of metro rail coaches from Japan had arrived in Dhaka on April 21.



The Kawasaki-Mitshubishi Consortium of Japan started the construction of the 24 sets of the metro train with six coaches each, and another rescue train for the MRT-6 project in April 2019, under a Tk2,870 crore deal signed in 2017. The deal is valid until December next year.

Also Read - How much will it cost to ride the Dhaka metro rail?

The first train was in April last year and the second in September. The coaches are made of reusable aluminium alloy and bulletproof glass.

Besides, the compartments, weighing 22-28 tons, are about three metres in width and 20 metres in length, and have a long-line seating arrangement. Two of the six coaches are air-conditioned and each coach has four doors for passengers.

Also, regenerative electric brakes are being used in the metro trains which will be operated using an automated radio communication system, even without any driver.

A total of 13.80km of the viaduct has been installed with the rail track installation inside the depot already completed.

The government hopes to begin operation on the Uttara-Agargaon route by the end of this year, but it may face delay due to the latest Covid-19 upsurge across the country.
 

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One thing the article failed to mention is that eventually on the Motijheel end, Bangladesh Bank would not be the last stop.

Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 (MRT-6) will go past BB station and end up at Kamalapur Central railway station in Dhaka, for which a new interchange integrated terminal is already being built. They will keep the existing Kamalapur structure, but re-purpose and modernize it, my understanding.

The design of Kamalapur station was iconic for the sixties (a masterstroke of design genius that pioneered aircon-less cooling for the structure by American architects working with Bangladeshi ones, one of many in Dhaka) and there was controversial talk of demolishing it, which was in the end resisted successfully.




 

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When commissioned, the trains will run at a speed of 100km/hr.
I wonder, wherever this writer found this 100km/hr story. A metro train is not a long-distance one and the line has many stations within about @2 km which is not good for speed driving.

There is no reason to believe the speed will be 100 km/hr. The average speed will be about 40km/hr if one divides the total distance by total time.
 

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I wonder, wherever this writer found this 100km/hr story. A metro train is not a long-distance one and the line has many stations within about @2 km which is not good for speed driving.

There is no reason to believe the speed will be 100 km/hr. The average speed will be about 40km/hr if one divides the total distance by total time.
The speedometer was probably calibrated by BBS.
 

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That is the maximum speed and it is correct.
You come here with two English flags and it seems you never rode a Subway train in England. Where do you find a 100 km/hr speed, idiot!! I rode London trains during my short stay there. Never saw 100km/hr speed in any commuter train. How ignorant a shameless Englishman can be!!

Stop showing English flags and come back with one Hatiya/Swandwip flag and one BD flag. Probably, the Barisal flag would be better though Barisal has no railways. Your knowledge is very poor even for a Hatiyaman or a Barishaillya.
 

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You come here with two English flags and it seems you never rode a Subway train in England. Where do you find a 100 km/hr speed, idiot!! I rode London trains during my short stay there. Never saw 100km/hr speed in any commuter train. How ignorant a shameless Englishman can be!!

Stop showing English flags and come back with one Hatiya/Swandwip flag and one BD flag. Probably, the Barisal flag would be better though Barisal has no railways. Your knowledge is very poor even for a Hatiyaman or a Barishaillya.
London Underground peaks at 100km/h between stations that are at least 2km apart.

Average speed is not the same as maximum speed.
 

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London Underground peaks at 100km/h between stations that are at least 2km apart.

Average speed is not the same as maximum speed.
But, why are so worried about your fantasy speed of 100 km/hr. BUild by yourself such an idiotic train and talk. Ihave never heard of COMMUTING TRAINS ever run in Japan at that speed.

A Motor or an Engine certainly can run at more than that speed. But, why maximum is needed to be mentioned by you forcibly? Will this train cross the English Channel, or go to Madras? If not, why do you fuss about this stupid maximum speed thing which is impractical for ANY commuter train.

Learn to debate logically and in a proper way, stupid!! Your multiple idiotic statements are always a pain in the ***. Get rid of this habit and try to be amicable and flexible instead of derailing the topics.

Leave that one-track mind of yours in your toilet and come to this forum!!!
 

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Congratulations, train should have been designed to look better aesthetically though.
The train coaches were not made for the Japanese passengers, but for BD passengers. So, are not supposed to be built that good-looking. However, watching the picture of the railway tracks I think these are very up to the standard. This is more important than the look of the coaches. Beautiful coaches cost big money not affordable to us.

Wish you pray for the future cleanliness of these coaches. Our people love to chew betel leaves and spit anywhere they like.

Oh, my God!!!!
 
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But, why are so worried about your fantasy speed of 100 km/hr. BUild by yourself such an idiotic train and talk. Ihave never heard of COMMUTING TRAINS ever run in Japan at that speed.

A Motor or an Engine certainly can run at more than that speed. But, why maximum is needed to be mentioned by you forcibly? Will this train cross the English Channel, or go to Madras? If not, why do you fuss about this stupid maximum speed thing which is impractical for ANY commuter train.

Learn to debate logically and in a proper way, stupid!! Your multiple idiotic statements are always a pain in the ***. Get rid of this habit and try to be amicable and flexible instead of derailing the topics.

Leave that one-track mind of yours in your toilet and come to this forum!!!

What on earth are you blabbering on about?

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Stop making a fool of yourself once again and talk about something of substance like how this metro is the start of transforming Dhaka's atrocious transport situation.

6 Metro Lines when hopefully completed by 2035 will allow the inhabitants of Dhaka a cheap and fast way to commute around the city for work and recreation.
 

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YOU WEEB REEEEEE
I seriously doubt that. It is not safe to hit 100 km/h in such a short route.
True , unless you're trying to escape from Godzilla or something
What on earth are you blabbering on about?

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Stop making a fool of yourself once again and talk about something of substance like how this metro is the start of transforming Dhaka's atrocious transport situation.

6 Metro Lines when hopefully completed by 2035 will allow the inhabitants of Dhaka a cheap and fast way to commute around the city for work and recreation.
2035 , Bangladesh is slow for some reason
 

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I seriously doubt that. It is not safe to hit 100 km/h in such a short route.

Yes it is as that happens on London Underground that I ride on regularly.

Electric trains are already doing 40km/h even before they have cleared the station they are departing from due to instant torque from their electric motors.

The Japanese can build underground/metros just as well as the UK I would imagine.

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"The average speed on the Underground is 20.5 miles per hour, including station stops. On the Metropolitan line, trains can reach over 60 mph."

Multiply by 1.625 to get kms and you get an average of about 35km/h and maximum of around 100km/h.
 
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