ADB to give $333m for power, transportation sectors

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)