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Bangladesh opens first metro line in traffic-choked capital Dhaka


DHAKA: Bangladesh’s sprawling capital inaugurated its first metro rail line on Wednesday as authorities worked to ease congestion that has stunted growth and fueled urban fury. the market is congested.
Dhaka is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, and daily commutes along its congested roads are a frequent source of frustration for its 22 million residents.
Local researchers say the capital’s economy loses up to $3 billion a year in lost work time due to traffic jams, often made worse by frequent street protests and violent protests. pouring rain.
The new elevated rail network has been in development for nearly a decade and is expected to grow to more than a hundred stations and six lines through the city by 2030.
Wednesday saw the start of work on part of the first line linking a neighborhood on the periphery of Dhaka with the city centre, built at a cost of $2.8 billion and much of it built. funded by Japanese development funds.
“This metro line is also another of our pride,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said at a ceremony marking the first service.
“We promised to eliminate traffic jams in Dhaka,” she added. “With six metro rail lines, we will be able to do the same.”
The line is expected to carry 60,000 passengers per hour at full capacity and the opening has been highly anticipated by passengers.
“We’re looking forward to it. It will alleviate public suffering,” Mostafizur Rahman, who spends nearly three hours on the bus to work each morning, told AFP.
Hasina used the opening ceremony to remember the six Japanese railway engineers working on the project who were killed in an attack on a cafe in Dhaka by Islamist extremists in 2016.

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