The long-awaited train service between Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar will be opened on December 16, 2022.
“We hope that people who love to travel will be able to take the train to Cox’s Bazar starting next year, because the construction of the Cox’s Bazar section of the railway line will be completed in December 2022,” Minister of Railway Nurul Islam Sujan told BSS on Monday.
He said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken up 10 mega projects for the railway network besides accelerating the development of the country.
He also commented that “two of the 10 mega projects are for rail – one is rail connectivity with the Padma Bridge and the other is rail connectivity with Myanmar and China under the fast-track project.”
Although the project is expected to be completed by June next year, people will be able to travel to Cox’s Bazar by train from December 1, 2022.
The Railway Minister will visit Cox’s Bazar tomorrow to inspect the construction work of Dohazari and Cox’s Bazar Railway Departments.
According to ministry information, the 100.831-kilometer long Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar single line dual gauge railway line construction is a mega project of Bangladesh Railway and a sophisticated railway junction at Dohazari.
The Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar railway project will be extended from Cox’s Bazar to Gumdum near Myanmar via Ramu, which will be extended to China in the future as part of the Trans Asia Highways, it added.
Construction works for building of nine stations including iconic stations in Cox’s Bazar, at Dulhazra and Islamabad are going on.
The overall progress of the project rose to 62 percent, while financial progress reached at 32.22 percent till August 31 this year.
Ballast for railway tracks is partly imported from India and Malaysia, while necessary railways were brought from China, the information said.
SMEC International Pty Ltd is jointly responsible for supervising the construction work from Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar section as consultant.
Globally development works are being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Bangladesh is also facing the crisis.
Construction work of the railway project was also faced trouble last and this year.