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Mawa-Bhanga train service to begin in Sept: Sujan

Mawa-Bhanga train service to begin in Sept: Sujan

Staff Correspondent

Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan today said the passenger train service will run on Mawa-Bhanga section from September this year after formal inauguration by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The first train crossed the Padma Bridge on trial basis packed with enthusiastic political leaders and activists today on the section via the Padma Bridge after inauguration, he said.

Water Resources Deputy Minister AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, Chief Whip of Jatiya Sangsad Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury, lawmakers Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury, Naeem Razzak, Shagufta Yasmin Emily, Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Iqbal Hossain Apu and Faridpur Zila Parishad chairman Shahadat Hossain were present.

Railway minister Nurul Islam Sujon experienced the trail run along with chief whip and deputy minister for water resources and local MPs.

Addressing a press briefing, the minister said the passenger train will run on the section from September this year after formal inauguration by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Sujon said, "Today is a historic moment for Bangladesh. The inauguration of the dream Padma Multipurpose Bridge took place earlier. But there was a drawback as the rail link was not opened at the Padma Bridge. It is also going to be completed with the opening of the rail link. As a result, there will be tremendous changes in our rail communication system in the country."

Regarding the complete train movement, the minister said that the project is scheduled to start in June next year, adding, "By this time, work of the project up to Jashore is supposed to be completed. We are going from Bhanga in Faridpur to Mawa in Munshiganj. Expect to launch from Mawa to Dhaka next September."

A significant number of political leaders and activists crammed the train amid risk.

The Bangladesh Railway ran the train with plus and minus 20 km speed.
According to Padma Bridge Rail Link Project, work of four stations, 13 major bridges and four signaling systems were completed.

Progress of Mawa-Bhanga part is recorded 91 per cent progress while progress from Mawa to Dhaka was 72.50 per cent and Bhanga-Jashore 68 per cent.

The BR has been implementing PBRL project at a cost of Tk 392.46 billion to establish totally new rail track from Dhaka to Jashore through the country's longest bridge for developing shorter rail communication with southwestern districts mainly with 2nd port of Mongla.

The expensive project has been implemented with Chinese government loan amounting to Tk 210.36 billion.

The fast track project was approved on January 01, 2016 targeting to complete by 30 June, 2024.

The loan agreement was signed on April 27, 2018 and physical work began on June 03, 2018. China railway group limited (CREC) was awarded the work with contract valued US $ 3.138 billion. The signing was, however, done on August 08, 2016.

The PBRL project was taken with a major target to run the train through rail-cum-road bridge on the first day of opening. But due to delayed start of construction, the BR could not launch the train operation on the inaugural day. The trail run took place 10 months after the inauguration of road part of the bridge on June 25.

Besides, 100 new coaches are expected to be brought from China to ply on Dhaka-Jashore route via Padma Bridge and 45 coaches have already arrived in the country.

 

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