According to the project details, rail coaches have been built in Japan to ply Line-6 track from Diabari of Uttara to Motijheel in city as coaches are waiting for shipment and the shipment will start as soon as the corona situation improves.
Rail tracks are being set up from Diabari to Mirpur section where electric lines are also being installed, it said.
It also said there will have a total of 16 stations on the 21 km route of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6 and the digital devices will be used in all stations.
The stations include Uttara North, Uttara Center, Uttara South, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Agargaon, Bijoy Sarawni, Farmgate, Karwan Bazar, Shahbag, Dhaka University, Bangladesh Secretariat and Motijheel.
“If everything goes normal, people of the city will be able to travel from Diabari to Motijheel by the dream metro rail before stipulated time,” Siddique said.
He said work is underway to install rail tracks and power lines in Mirpur part. “The areas where viaduct is installed, the rail tracks and power lines are also being set up there,” he went on saying.
While visiting the metro rail project site, labourers are seen working persistently. At the same time, construction of the stations and installation of railway tracks are in progress. In Mirpur-Motijheel section, viaduct is being installed by large cranes; on which the rail tracks will be laid.
Technicians and workers said they are following health guidelines to avert the coronavirus infection while working “24 hours a day” to complete the project timely.
The metro rail project is being constructed at the cost of Tk 21,985 crores, of which, Japan’s aid agency JICA will provide Tk16,500 crores.