Dhaka Metro rail project operations to begin by end 2019

Dhaka:  Bangladesh will start the operation of the Dhaka Metro rail project partially by the end of 2019 after soil testing comes to an end, according to project officials.

According to The Daily Star, the service, as planned, will be initially launched on a 10-kilometer stretch between Uttara and Agargaon.

The basic design has been submitted by the consortium of consultants and they are now working on the details.

The project is aimed at reducing the traffic congestion in the city through a comfortable and improved public transportation service.

Mofazzel Hossain, Director of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project, said that the train will enable commuters to travel from Uttara to Motijheel in only 38 minutes as opposed to two hours on normal days.