Metrorail bill passed at the parliament
27January 2015, Nirapad News: Parliament has passed the Metro rail Bill-2015 making insurances for the rail and the passengers mandatory. The maximum penalty for violating the law has been stipulated to 10 years in prison and Tk 100 million fine. The bill was passed by voice vote after Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader placed it before the legislators on Monday.
Before the passage of the bill, the minister told the parliament that the government took the initiative to ease traffic congestion of Dhaka city and to improve the public transport system.
“Metro rail service will be operated in Bangladesh for the first time. A specific law is needed to construct the metro rail, its operation, maintenance and control. That’s why the bill has been brought,” Obaidul Quader told parliament. He said under the act, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
Line-6 route will be constructed from Uttara to Bangladesh Bank via Pallabi, Farmgate and Shahbagh. It will cover 16 stations on its route.
Six districts–Dhaka, Gazipur, Munshiganj, Narsingdi, Manikganj and Narayanganj–would come under the purview of the law.
The road minister said gradually MRT line 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 would be constructed to connect the whole capital and its adjacent districts in the future. Quader said the first tender for the construction of the 20km metro rail would be invited on January 31 and two more tenders in February and five others in 2015. He said the physical construction works of the project would start in January next year. Quader also said they expect the work will be completed by 2019, which is two years ahead of the schedule.