Demu train service on Dhaka-Tongi-Dhaka route
DHAKA, Dec 9, 2014 Nirapad News : Bangladesh Railway on Tuesday has introduced Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) train service on Dhaka-Tongi-Dhaka route, said a railway ministry release here today.
Railways Minister Mujibul Haque formally inaugurated the Demu train service at Tongi railway station in Gazipur in the morning.
The Demu train service styled ‘Tongi Commuter’ would leave Kamlapur at 5.25am and reach to Tongi by 6.10am. The train will leave Tongi by 7.40am and reach to Kamlapur station by 8.35am.
The train will make stopover at Dhaka Airport station and the service will remain close on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Mujibul Haque told the inaugural function that the government has taken a master plan by undertaking various projects for development of the railway service. The whole country will come under the network of railway service, if the projects are implemented in due time, said the minister.
“Different professionals including the office-goers people will get advantage by travelling with the Demu train service on the Dhaka-Tongi-Dhaka”, the minister added. At present, the railway is operating short-distance Demu train service in different routes across the country.
The passenger carrying capacity of each Demu train under the route would be around 600. Earlier, on April 24, 2011, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched Demu train service on busy Dhaka-Narayanganj route for the first time to make commuters movement easier and faster and reduce traffic congestions in the southern part of Dhaka.
The Demu train service was also launched on Mymensinh-Joydebpur route on July 21 while Comilla-Akhaura and Dhaka-Akhaura on August 20, and Parbatipur-Lalmonirhat and Parbatipur-Thakurgaon routes on August 15. Each Demu train has the capacity to carry around 300 passengers.
High officials of the Railways Ministry including Acting Railway Secretary M Mansur Ali Sikder and Director-General of Bangladesh Railway Tofazzal Hossain, among others, attended at the inaugural function.