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Published: 22 Apr 2021 02:18 AM BdST Updated: 22 Apr 2021 02:18 AM BdST








The first set of six railcars for Dhaka Metrorail has arrived in the capital.
The coaches reached the pier near the depot at Diabari on Wednesday, said MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited.

The work to unload the coaches from the vessels will begin on Thursday morning, he said.


A barge carrying two metro rail coaches lays anchor at the jetty of Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) at Uttara's Diabari, Apr 22, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

Siddique hopes it will be possible to finish setting up the cars at the depot by Friday.

The Kobe-based Japanese company Kawasaki also shipped the second set on Wednesday, he said.
The 24 sets of 144 coaches are expected to arrive in time, the managing director of the government firm said.
Final trials will be held after tests.


A barge carries two train cars for the Metro Rail from the Turag River in Dhaka’s Birulia towards the jetty next to the Diabari Depot on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The barge, carrying Bangladesh’s first metro transit vehicles, set off from Mongla Port for Dhaka on April 11. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

The metrorail project work is ongoing day and night adhering to the health rules amid the coronavirus pandemic as the government wants to launch operation on the initial 11.29-kilometre route from Uttara to Agargon in 2021, the year Bangladesh is celebrating 50 years of independence.

Achieving the first target now depends on the trials, said Siddique.


The first set of metro rail coaches is being transported on a barge to the jetty of the Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) in Uttara's Diabari via Kaundia Dhaka's on the Turag River, Apr 22, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

The authorities aim to complete the rest 10 kilometres of the route, from Agargaon to Motijheel, by 2023.

The body of the railcars is made of light and durable stainless steel, Kawasaki said earlier in a statement.
The rolling stock is equipped with indoor and outdoor CCTV cameras to check the status of passengers and platforms during one-man operation.


A barge carrying two metro rail coaches is on its way to the jetty of the Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) at Uttara's Diabari, Apr 21, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

The installed cameras will not only secure safety for onboard passengers but also for others coming in and leaving the trains and platforms.

Besides these, each car features two large-capacity air-conditioning units enabling a comfortable commute amid high temperature and humidity.
 

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Here's hoping that in ten year's time, we will be assembling our own metro coaches and don't have to import these from Japan or any other country.

Small scale assembly is doable. This is not rocket science, it can be done.

But we have to start planning now.
 

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Quader: 61.49% of metro rail construction finished
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  • Published at 06:19 pm April 22nd, 2021
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File Photo of the under construction metro rail project in Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The minister says the Kobe-based Japanese company Kawasaki also shipped the second set on Wednesday

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the overall progress of the country’s first metro rail construction work stands at 61.49%.

“Overall progress of the metro rail construction work reached 61.49%. The physical progress of the first phase construction of the metro rail from Uttara to Agargaon is 83.52%,” he told a regular press conference at his official residence in Dhaka.

Quader said combined progress of electrical and mechanical system and procurement of rolling stock (rail coaches) and depot equipment is 52.22%.

The first elevated metro-rail will have 24 sets of 144 coaches and each set will have six coaches, he said.
He said the country’s first six-coach metro-rail set reached the newly constructed jetty of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) at Uttara Depot on Wednesday.

The minister said the Kobe-based Japanese company Kawasaki also shipped the second set on Wednesday.

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He hoped the second set will reach Uttara Depot through the country’s Mongla Port by June 16 next.

Quader said the third and fourth metro-rail sets are expected to be shipped on June 11 next and those might reach Uttara Depot through Mongla Port by August 13.

He said the expected date of shipment of fifth set of metro-rail is July 16 next and it is expected to reach Bangladesh on September 17.
 

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Here's hoping that in ten year's time, we will be assembling our own metro coaches and don't have to import these from Japan or any other country.

Small scale assembly is doable. This is not rocket science, it can be done.

But we have to start planning now.
Assembly sure but manufacturing will need foreign demands
 

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"Rail transport in Bangladesh (the then British India) began on 15 November 1862, when 53.11 km of 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) (broad gauge) line was opened between Darshana in Chuadanga District and Jogotee in Kushtia District. On 4 January 1885, a further 14.98 km 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) (metre gauge) line was opened".

The above is a citation from the internet. It was 1862 when rail was first introduced in today's BD and today it is 2021, already 159 years have passed. But, our govt/people have been so far unable to produce a single meter of steel track, a single piece of the locomotive, or a single unit of passenger coach.

Japan is building the Metrorail system and bringing in its very high-quality passenger coaches made by IHI or MHI. Happily, our PDF guys are dreaming of manufacturing this and that within the next 10 years.

What our great talented people could not do in the last 159 years may not be able to do even in the next 159 years. At least for now, I do not see any symptom of possible progress in the field of manufacturing anything related to the railway that includes Locomotive Axles and Steel Tracks both of which are tricky and are not exactly flat as people may assume.

Morning shows the day, and BD mornings have passed away many decades ago. Now, it will have to depend upon foreign imports as it has been doing since 1947.
 

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