Metrorail was seen running inside the depot for the first time. The electric train was run from the workshop in Uttara at 11:53 pm on Tuesday and brought to the coach unloading zone.
Earlier, a function was organized to mark the first movement of Metrorail in the history of the country. The event was organized by Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL). Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader took virtual part in it.
Also present were Nazrul Islam, Secretary, Road Transport Department, MAN Siddique, Managing Director (MD), Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL), Ito Naoki, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh.
Obaidul Quader said that after receiving the inspection, functional test was done in the depot. It will be followed by a performance test in August. The trial run will then be held at the end of the Integrated Test. Metrorail is no longer a dream, it is a reality.
When the train was brought to the unloading zone at a speed of five kilometers from the workshop, everyone present welcomed it with applause.
Then Road Transport Secretary Nazrul Islam, DMTCL Managing Director MAN Siddique, Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki got into the coach. About half an hour later the train was taken back to the workshop again.
The first set of metro trains arrived in Dhaka from Japan on April 21, which is a major milestone for the first-tracked government project. The second set arrived at Mongla port on Sunday.
MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL), told The Daily Star on Saturday, “During the test run, the train will run on all the tracks inside the depot and then on the viaductor (railway bridge).”
“People will be able to see the activity from the roofs of high-rise buildings during the test ride,” he said.
-Source: The Daily Star