PM to lay foundation stone of Metro Rail project soon: QuaderNew Age Online
Communications Minister Obaidul Quader disclosed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay the foundation stone of the Metro Rail project in Dhaka soon, as the funding agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has given its consent to appoint a consultant.
‘The project has moved a step forward with the clearance given for the appointment of consultant,’ the Minister told journalists while visiting the four lane Chittagong-Hathazari road project at Oxyzen area Friday morning.
Chairman of Hill Track development board Bir Bahadur, MP, also accompanied the Minister.
‘The government signed a deal with JICA for implementation of the Tk 220 billion Metro Rail project on Feb 20,’ the Minister disclosed.
According to the deal, the JICA under 20.1-kilometre-long Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) development project will provide a loan of Tk 9.24 billion for the appointment of consultant.
Of the total cost Tk 220 billion, JICA will provide Tk 165.95 billion, while the government of Bangladesh will arrange the remaining Tk 53.90 billion.
The Line-6 MRT project will run from Uttara Third Phase and pass through Pallabi, the west side of Rokeya Sarani and Farmgate, Hotel Sonargaon, Ruposhi Bangla, TSC of Dhaka University, Doel Intersection, Topkhana Road and Bangladesh Bank, roads and highways department source said.
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