Chinese commuter trains in Bangladeshby Md Rezaul Karim Asst. Prof.
The government on Thursday signed an agreement with a Chinese company to procure some 20 commuter trains at a cost of US$ 58.31 million. Bangladesh Railway director general Abu Taher and China’s Tangshan Railway Vehicle Co Ltd Deputy managing director Jhen Daew inked the deal on behalf of their respective sides. Communications minister Syed Abul Hossain and Chinese ambassador Zhang Xianyi, among others, attended the signing ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Abul Hossain said a good number of people enter the city every day from the nearby districts of Dhaka for various purposes. ‘If we can ensure safe transport, they will return home on completion of their business in the capital.’ ‘Considering the mounting population pressure on the city, the government has taken the initiative to expand the commuter service,’ he said. He said the Chinese firm will provided 20 sets of Diesel and Electric Modellers United (DEMU) within the next 15 months, which will be able to contribute towards increasing the capacity of the Bangladesh Railway.
Each train will be able to carry some 300 passengers. Initially, the commuter trains will ply the Dhaka-Joydebpur, Dhaka-Mymensigh, Dhaka-Narayanganj, Dhaka-Tangail, Dhaka-Bhairab Bazar, Chittagong-Feni, Chittagong-Nazirhat, Chittagong-Duhazari, Dinajpur-Parbatipur-Rangpur and Lalmonirhat-Parbatipur-Syedpur routes.
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