Bangladesh to construct Double Track Standard-Gauge Railway Line between Dhaka-Chittagong with Chinese funding

Dhaka: Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque yesterday told parliament that the government had taken initiative to implement a project to reduce the length of Dhaka-Chittagong rail track by 90km and shorten the journey between the two cities.

“An initiative has been taken to implement the project, titled “Construction of Double Track Standard-Gauge Railway Line” between Dhaka and Chittagong via Laksham, Comilla, with Chinese funding on government-to-government basis, instead of setting up the Dhaka-Comilla elevated railway,” the minister said in reply to a question.

If the project is implemented, the rail distance between Dhaka and Chittagong will decrease by around 90km and it will take only three hours to travel from one city to another via train.

He said a Memorandum of Understanding has already been signed with a Chinese firm in this regard and a Preliminary Development Project Proforma was approved in principle for the project by the Planning Minister.

If the project is finally approved after getting the Chinese fund, it will take some three years to complete physical works of the project, Mazibul said.