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September 01 , 2021

Metro Rail Project: Formal test runs kick off today

The Daily Star 
Aug 29, 2021 

The formal test run of the country's first metro rail service will start from today when a metro train will run on the elevated rail track connecting the depot in the capital's Diabari and the first four stations.

The test run in the Uttara North, Uttara Centre, Uttara South and Pallabi stations will be inaugurated by Obaidul Quader, the road transport and bridges minister, at the depot at 10:00 am today.

On Friday, as part of the preparation, the authorities operated the train between four stations at a very slow speed to check safety issues and take different technical measurements ahead of today's programme, said ABM Arifur Rahman, project manager (CP-8) of Mass Rapid Transit Line-1 project.

A fifth station at Mirpur-11 will also be kept ready today as when the train reaches the Pallabi station it will get power from the power sub-station at Mirpur-11.

After the performance test, the authority would move on to integrity tests for synchronisation and then on to trial run.

Dhaka city dwellers, however, may have to wait more than a year to ride the metro train because of the host of testing required to be eligible for commercial operation.


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