With assistance from the PRC Fund, the project will introduce drone
technology to Bangladesh as an innovative new technology to improve
operational efficiency and safety.
In another agreement, ADB will provide $33.26 million loan for a project to
design the Dhaka MRT line 5 (Southern Route) that will help ease the traffic
and pollution burden in Dhaka city.
The assistance for financing project readiness will carry out detailed
feasibility studies, engineering design and procurement documentation in
preparation for the 17.4-kilometer (km) line, which will be constructed
between Gabtoli and Dasherkandi in Dhaka.
Line 5 is one of three high-priority lines in the capital planned for
completion by 2030. The planned MRT Line 5 will serve as one of the city's
few east-west corridors and provide connections with other MRT and bus rapid
transit lines going north-south. Construction would require almost 13 km
underground with 12 stations, while the remaining section will be elevated
with 4 stations.
The project will also design measures for climate and natural disaster
resilience and integrate features for women, children, the elderly, and
people with disabilities into the design. The design will also include
advanced technology such as automated ticketing and a fare collection system
with an integrated database for operations management.
The actual Line 5 project is estimated to cost about $2.5 billion and will
be considered for subsequent ADB financing.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)