The Asian Development Bank approved a concessional loan of USD 33.26 million for Dhaka MRT line 5. The loan will fund the detailed feasibility studies, engineering design, and procurement documentation. The Government of Bangladesh is contributing USD 11.32 million toward the total cost of the project readiness financing of USD 44.58 million, which is due for completion at the end of 2023.
The project will also design measures for climate and natural disaster resilience, and integrate features for women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities into the design. The design will also include advanced technology such as automated ticketing and a fare collection system with an integrated database for operations management.
The Southern Route (Line 5) will have a total length of 17.4 km, constructed between Gabtoli and Dasherkandi Stations in Dhaka. MRT-5 is one of three high-priority lines in the capital planned for completion by 2030. It will serve as one of the city’s few east–west corridors and provide connections with other MRT and bus rapid transit lines going north–south. Construction would require almost 13 km underground with 12 stations, while the remaining section will be elevated with 4 stations.
USD 2.5 billion is the estimated value of the project and ADB will consider a further financing for the implementation of the MRT line.