Metro rail is pride of Bangladesh: PM Sheikh Hasina


Published on December 28, 2022
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said through metro rail the Awami League government added another feather of pride to the crown of Bangladesh’s people.

“We have added another feather of pride to the crown of Bangladesh’s people today. Another feather added to the crown of the development of Bangladesh,” she said.

The prime minister said this at a programme marking the inauguration of the country’s first metro rail at Uttara sector-15 playground.

She thanked the people of the country for giving the AL government the opportunity to serve them and the country,

“Through casting votes in favour of the boat, you have given chance to Awami League to serve you. For that I am expressing my gratitude to all people and voters,” she said.

She mentioned that with the inauguration of the metro rail technologically Bangladesh people touched four milestones.

Firstly, the metro rail itself is a milestone, secondly, the country enters into the era of electric trains.

“Thirdly, metro rail will be operated remotely using a digital system. As a result, this will be used to implement our pledge to establish a smart Bangladesh, and that means it added a new dimension,” she said.

Fourthly, she said, Bangladesh enters into the era of the speedy train.

“The highest speed of this metro rail will be 110 kilometres per hour,” she added.

Hasina said that in the election pledge AL declared to take various kinds of steps to make Dhaka city free from traffic congestion.

“We have taken six metro rail lines which will be implemented by 2030. I think that after implementing all these metro rails skills and eligibility of the people of Bangladesh will be increased along their scopes for employment apart from contributing to the GDP.”

She said that metro rail is environment friendly and it will not cause any harm to the environment.

Pointing to the increasing traffic congestion in the country, the PM said that the purchasing capacity of the people is increased, and the economical capability of the people has increased.

“The number of personal vehicles using people has increased excessively. Because the economical capability of the people has increased,” she said.

Japanese Ambassador IWAMA Kiminori, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office ICHIGUCHI Tomohide, Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited ( DMTCL ) MAN Siddique and Road Transport and Highway Division Secretary ABM Amin Ullah Nuri also spoke at the programme.

PM’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana was present on the dais.

A documentary on the metro rail was screened in the programme.