Trains to run thru Padma Bridge from first day
Staff Reporter :
Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan has said that the government is working to open a portion of the rail route from Dhaka to Jashore (172 km) through Padma bridge from the first day of its opening by June 2021.
The construction work of the rail route, started in July 2018, was scheduled to be completed by December 2024, he told journalists at a press briefing in the city's Rail Bhaban on Tuesday.
"The Padma Bridge project has now witnessed an overall progress of 73 per cent. The construction work of the rail route is also going on in full swing," he said.
The minister said, "We are working on priority basis to open the 42-kilometre rail line -- Mawa to Bhanga -- to meet the deadline.
"The way the work of the project is progressing, it is likely that the construction work of the bridge will be completed by 2020. Another 5-6 months will be needed to complete the remaining work," he said.
Nurul Islam said, "We are working to make rail service modern and time-befitting. We have many projects underway with the cooperation from China and financing of India. We want to bring train service to the top of the needs of 16 crore people. Already we have started working for that purpose."
"Work is underway to convert single lines into double lines. Work has begun to initiate rail service on new routes," he further said. He said the physical work of Bangabandhu rail bridge over Jamuna River will also start by January next year.