The Government of Bangladesh and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a record of discussions for technical assistance on safety management system for Dhaka MRT line 6.
The project supports establishing a transport safety management system in Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL).
The MRT Line 6 is the first urban rail project in Bangladesh which is currently under construction with the support of a JICA ODA loan. Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the new line and the future MRT lines which are planned to be constructed in the capital of Bangladesh.
In Japan, to enhance railway safety, a transport safety management system is established and implemented by railway operators. The project on technical assistance for mass rapid transit safety management system of Line 6 project will focus on capacity development of DMTCL for safety management, focusing especially on what DMTCL should consider and implement in order to achieve a safe and reliable urban railway. The project will be implemented within 30 months by dispatching an expert team and conducting training for DMTCL in order to support it preparing safety related manuals and rules and establishing a safety management system.
Dhaka MRT line 6 is the first elevated metro line in Bangladesh and is estimated at USD 2.82 billion. The line will have a length of 20 km served by 16 stations, expected to enter passenger transport by the end of 2021. It will link Uttara, a northern suburb of the capital with Motijheel, a business and commercial hub in the city centre. The line is expected to transport 60,000 passengers per hour per direction.
For this new line, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi were awarded a JPY 40 billion (EUR 376.8 million) contract for the supply of 24 six-car trains (144 cars) which also includes the maintenance depot equipment. The trains will be equipped with CCTV system to monitor passengers’ conditions to ensure safety of passengers both in trains and on the platforms.