For the first time in the history of the country, the wheel of the metro rail turned. Through this Bangladesh entered the era of electric train. Metro rail traffic was shown at Diabari depot in Uttara of the capital around 12 noon on Tuesday.
On this occasion a function was organized at the depot. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was added as the chief guest. The six-car train traveled about 500 meters from the workshop. This train is fully electric. Japan’s Kawasaki Company is a manufacturer of trains. One of the drivers showed the train. When the train left the workshop, everyone present greeted it with applause.
When the train was stopped at the depot, Road Transport Secretary Nazrul Islam, Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) Managing Director MAN Siddique, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki and JICA Chief Representative Yuho Hayakawa looked inside the train. Joining the function, the minister said, “Metro rail is no longer a dream, it is a reality. With this metro rail, Bangladesh also entered the era of electric trains.
The train set arrived at Uttara Depot from Japan on April 23. At present various tests are going on in the depot. The bridge minister said the performance test of the train on the main line by air in August this year will be followed by a comprehensive test. The latest experimental movement will begin.
Obaidul Quader said the overall average progress of metro rail construction so far is 83.28 percent. However, the progress of the Agargaon section from the third phase of Uttara scheduled for the construction of the first phase is 74.69 percent. The progress of work from Agargaon to Motijheel section scheduled for construction in the second phase is 59.7
Percentage and overall progress of electrical and mechanical systems and rolling stock and depot equipment procurement work is 54.40 percent.