Government Policy

81.90-km circular railway in city to ease traffic congestion

By Syed Shukur Ali Shuvo

DHAKA, May 20, 2017 (BSS) - The 81.90 kilometer circular rail network having elevated viaduct and double line standard gauge around the capital city would ease traffic congestion on the city's roads.

The government has undertaken many projects including a circular rail network to ensure hassle free movement of the city dwellers in the capital,"Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office told BSS here today.

He said the government would construct metro rail, circular railway

network, flyovers, circular waterways, elevated expressway and bus rapid transit for smooth movement of the city dwellers by reducing pressure on the city roads.

"The Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has

undertaken various projects to reduce traffic congestion in the capital city side by side with improving train services," he said.

According to the project details, a survey for proper implementation of the 81.90-km having 20 stations circular railway network is underway. The project would be implemented after the feasibility study along with other necessary procedures.

It said the railways ministry has estimated the cost for carrying out the feasibility study at Taka 29.33 crore. The feasibility study would assess the routes and points for smooth plying of the circular train.

The proposed circular rail would stop at Tongi, Termuk, Purbachal Road, Beraid, Kawetpara, Demra, Siddhirganj, chowdhurybari, Chashara, Fatullah, Shyampur, Sadarghat, Babubazar, Nawabganj, Shankar, Gabtoli, Dhaka Zoo, Birulia, Uttara and Dhour.

The average distance between two stations would be 4.10-km, while the highest distance would be 6-km (Termuk-Purbachal Road) and the shortest distance would be 1.10-km (Sadarghat-Babubazar).

The depot of the 81.90-km circular railway network would be constructed at Demra and storage yard at Birulia. The truck structure would be elevated viaduct (Rapid Spanning-Tree Protocol (RSTP) with double line standard gauge.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)