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Dhaka, one of world’s most congested cities, set to get its first metro rail

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and one of the most congested cities in the world, is set to get its first metro rail. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to inaugurate a section of the 20-kilometer (12.427-mile) Line 6 urban rail project.

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Dhaka: Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and one of the most congested cities in the world, is set to get its first metro rail. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to inaugurate a section of the 20-kilometer (12.427-mile) Line 6 urban rail project. For now, the line will connect the northern zone of Dhaka to adjoining government offices and hospitals in the middle. Eventually, it will pass over the city to the financial district of Motijheel in the south.

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“It’s essential to develop a city like Dhaka,” Martin Rama, a consultant with the World Bank’s presidency and former regional chief economist for South Asia, said in an interview. “If you look at the case of India, it has drastically changed the way people commute to work in many cities.” “Metro is a safe mode of transportation, especially for women, which is crucial in South Asia.”

Rama went on to say that it would be naive to expect congestion to disappear as soon as new public transportation infrastructure is built because additional traffic would immediately take up the free space on the roads.

The Bangladesh economy suffers billions of dollars every year due to traffic congestion, as overcrowded traffic wastes about 3.2 million working hours each day. As per the report by the EIU’s Global Livability Index for 2022, Dhaka is the seventh least livable city in the world in the list of 172 global cities.

Bangladesh gave the nod for 219.85 billion taka ($2.1 billion) for the Line 6 project in 2012, with Japan providing 165.95 billion taka at the time. The cost later rose to 334.72 billion taka because authorities stretched the metro rail project to Kamalapur, the central railway station, and it connected Dhaka with the country.

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The completion of three metro lines would carry two million passengers every day, as reported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s website.

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