Dhaka sees 2nd metro test run
The authorities operated a metro trains on viaducts at least twice in part of a series trials to be carried out before the new system of public transportation is officially introduced at the city's capital.
The six-coach train ran at 25km/hour on the main tracks two times between 9:30 am and 12:56 pm.
The train was able to leave the metro depot at Diabari and headed towards Uttara north Uttara center, Uttara south along with Pallabi station before returning back to the depot.
"This was the second performance test on the viaduct," Project Manager ABM Arifur Rahman told The Daily Star yesterday. Four trains were taking place within the station, Rahman explained.
The Road Transport and Bridges Minister on August 19 officially launched the trials. The same day, he declared that the first-ever metro rail service would start in December of this year.
At the very least it will be operational from Uttara and Agargaon which is 11.73km before the end of the year, he stated.
The Uttara-Agargaon segment forms part of 20.10km metro line until Motijheel. It is the Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 or MRT-6 is the nation's first metro rail, is currently being constructed for the sum of Tk 21.985 crore.
5 of the 24 train scheduled to be used for the service have arrived in Dhaka from Japan Two are still located at Mongla port. Mongla port. The remaining trains will be delivered to the depot in a gradual manner.
Testing of trains inside the depot began on the 11th of May this year.
The performance tests overall could take six months , while the integrity tests could last for another three months, according to Quader announced on August 29.
Following that five months of trial rides without passengers will be run prior to the beginning of commercial services the official said.
The initial implementation timeframe of the fast-track program was from July 2012 until June 2024.
The Prime Minister Sheik Hasina officially launched the physical work in June of 2016.
She then directed the authorities to ensure that the metro service in the route of Uttara-Agargaon functional by the year 2019, and Agargaon-Motijheel-Urua.
In the absence of meeting the deadline, officials in May 2019 announced that the services would begin on the 16th of December this year in time for the golden anniversary of the country's independance. The construction process slowed due to the pandemic, causing officials to delay the date a second time the officials stated.
In August it was reported that the construction had made 69.43 percent progress overall and the first phase Uttara-Agargaon registering 88.58 percent, and the another phase, Agargaon-Motijheel 67.91 percent advancement.
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