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Dhaka-Ctg direct double railway line to be opened by July 15

Transportation 2023-05-24, 10:14pm


Bangladesh Railway

Jehangir Hussain

Chattogram, May 24: Dhaka-Chattogram  direct double railway line is expected to be opened by July 15.

On completion of construction of 48 km Cumilla-Akhaura section of the railway in June, the double line would be opened, Project Director Shahidul Islam said on Wednesday.

He said, 72 km  Laksham-Akhaura section of the double railway would be completed with financial assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and European Investment Bank (EIB).

ADB will provide  $505 million and EIB -$175 million. 

On completion,  Cumilla-Laksham 24 km section of the railway has gone into operation in September  2021.

A joint venture between China Railway Group’s  Toma Construction and Max Infrastructure (CTM) has been awarded the contract for this project.

Earlier, 273 km out of 321 km of Dhaka- Chattogram railway’s double line was completed.

Kamalapur-Tongi and Chattogram-Chinki-Astana section of Dhaka-Cahhtogram double line, with total length of 117 km,  were completed before 1971.

Awami League government in its previous term completed  Tongi - Bhairab Bazar section, Laksham- Chinki Astana section and  Akhaura-Bhairab Bazar section with total length of  132 km.