Metro rail has kept tougher punishment in the Bill
01 February 2015, Nirapad News: Road Communication and Bridge Minister Obaidul Quader made a disclosure in a press conference on the first tender for metro rail at the secretariat on Sunday morning. “We have kept tougher punishment in the Bill with a view to compelling people to follow the law, passengers who will travel on metro rail without tickets will be sentenced to six months in jail”. The amended Metro Rail Bill 2015 also keeps provision of charging ten times extra of ticket money as a fine for the offense. People who will sell tickets in black market will be fined Tk 1 crore or get 10 years in jail.
The first tender for the pre-qualification of rolling stock (coach and locomotive) and equipment of Uttara depot for the 20-km-long much-expected metro railway project have been floated on Saturday.
Under the tender, 24 locomotives and 144 coaches will be procured from manufacturers and suppliers at the cost of Tk2,700 crore. The 24 trains each having six coaches will run from Uttara to Motijheel, according to sources in the communication ministry.
The amended Metro Rail Bill 2015 was passed in the parliament on January 26 to curb traffic jam by ensuring quick and improved transport services in the capital.