Dhaka, Bangladesh (Urban Transport News): Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL) on March 5, 2021, awarded a contract to the consortium composed of Egis Rail SA (leader, France), SMEC (Singapore) and Oriental Consultant Global (Japan) for the design of the 17.4 km Dhaka Metro Line 5 South, including a 12.8 km underground section.
The Dhaka Metro Rail project is funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) under the Ministry of Road Transport & Bridges. The 17.4 km route including 4.6 km of elevated lines – from Aftabnagar Center to Balirpar – and 12.8km underground, from Gabtoli to Aftabnagar West. There will be a total of 14 stations and the line is expected to carry nearly one million passengers each day.
The construction cost of the 17.4km metro rail between Gabtoli to Balirpar via Russel Square-Karwan Bazar-Hatirjheel-Tejgaon-Niketan- Aftabnagar and Dasherkandi is Tk38,000 crore, according to the pre-feasibility study report of the project. However, the detailed design and tender assistance of the project will be worth Tk285.99 crore while Asian Development Bank will contribute Tk211.85 crore.
The three-year project is divided into three distinct phases:
According to the contract, the Egis teams will be in charge of project management, architecture and technical trades for all stations, civil engineering for the underground stations and the design of almost all the rail systems.