Dhaka metro rail formal test run started

Bangladesh’s first ever metro train service has started its test run on the viaduct in the capital.
The formal test run started from Uttara at 11:54am. on sunday after Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the event by waving a green flag at the depot in Dhaka’s Diabari..
The minister told reporters that after a total of 14 months of performance test – which includes five months of trial run – the commercial operation of metro rail in Dhaka will begin by the end of 2022.
“We will inaugurate three

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Metro to follow revised route

PM sees no damage to JS complex
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the modified metro rail route would not ruin the main architectural design of the parliament complex.
Hasina told the weekly cabinet meeting that the modified route would not cut through the preserved area of the structural masterpiece designed by Louis I Kahn in the

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Speaker vows to save JS premises

Says metro rail route won’t be allowed to run through Sangsad Bhaban complex
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Abdul Hamid has vowed not to allow the proposed metro rail road to run through the parliament premises as it would spoil the architectural splendour of the famed complex.
“I will not allow it within the 215-acre premises of Sangsad Bhaban under any circumstances,” the speaker has told The Daily Star.  The speaker will raise the issue with the prime minister on

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Metro Rail Project: Air force concern unfounded

Experts object to its route change proposal; financier upset with delay, change
Bangladesh Air Force’s objection to the Bijoy Sarani portion of the proposed 22-km metro rail on a plea that it will hinder the operation of Tejgaon airfield is unfounded, experts have said.
The experts also rejected an alternative route, suggested by the air force, running from Sangsad Avenue to Khamarbari through a stretch of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban complex, saying it clashes with another

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Save JS complex from metro route

Architects, environmentalists ask govt, suggest relocation of military sites from city 
The air force’s pressure to realign the proposed metro rail route through Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises is not acceptable, leading architects and city planners said at a media briefing in the capital yesterday.
They instead demanded relocation of all military installations from the core of the capital to make way for solutions to Dhaka’s transport problems, and planned urban development

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Now Louis Kahn’s JS masterpiece at stake

Air force’s objection forces metro rail to change route; new proposal awaits PM’s approval; financier Jica yet to respond
In the face of pressure from Bangladesh Air Force, the government has decided to change the course of the much-talked-about metro rail, and take it through the parliament complex.
About 55 metres of land on the eastern side of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban will be required for setting up of some pillars of the metro rail, which will seriously damage the aesthetic view of Louis I Kahn’s

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Metro rail stops at air force red signal

Bijoy Sarani link seen as risky for security; financier Jica upset; meeting adjourned for today
Construction of the much anticipated metro rail looks uncertain as the government might bring another modification in its alignment in the face of the air force’s objection to the current alignment running across Bijoy Sarani.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), keen to provide 80 percent of the $1.8 billion project cost as a soft loan, hinted to the communications ministry in February that it might not even give the fund if the alignment is modified again, said the ministry sources. Jica already

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