Finally Dhaka-Narayanganj railway opened

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Dhaka-Narayanganj route train has started after eight months. The train started running on Tuesday (August 1) morning. This has reduced the suffering of passengers.

After the hike in bus fares, common people chose trains as their main mode of transportation. But due to stoppage of trains, people have to travel on Dhaka-Narayanganj route at higher fares. Which was beyond the reach of many.

Related sources say that most of the people of Narayanganj travel to Dhaka by rail and road. As Narayanganj is an industrial area and a district close to Dhaka, many people from Narayanganj go to Dhaka and many people from Dhaka also come to work in Narayanganj. At the same time, being a rich commercial area, people travel to Dhaka for various reasons. As a result, both railways and roads are under pressure from the general public.

In order to reduce the pressure of passengers, 9 pairs of trains used to come and go on Dhaka-Narayanganj route every day. Altogether 18 trains were running on Dhaka-Narayanganj route. As such, more than 10,000 people travel from Dhaka to Narayanganj on average every day. More than 3 lakh people travel through this railway every month.

But for the sake of the Padma Rail Link project, train movement on the Dhaka-Narayanganj route was temporarily stopped from December 4 last year. At first it was said for a few months but it was delayed up to eight months.

At that time, the emergency notification said that under the government’s fast-tracked project Padma Bridge Rail Link Project, three separate railway lines are being constructed from Dhaka to Gandaria. In order to complete the work quickly, it has been decided to stop all trains running on the Dhaka-Narayanganj route temporarily. After the completion of the project, trains will resume on this line.

25 July Railway Minister. Nurul Islam Sujan came to inspect the Dhaka-Narayanganj dual gauge double rail line and Padma Bridge rail connection project and said that the train movement on the Dhaka-Narayanganj route will start from August 1.

He said that there was delay in the work of dual gauge line while coordinating with the railway line of Padma Bridge. But the dual gauge single line is being upgraded to a double line. In order to complete the work of both projects quickly, the work of the new-old line project on the Dhaka-Narayanganj route is progressing simultaneously. The work of dual gauge double line will be completed within the scheduled time in June next year.

College student Ariful Islam said, due to the train being stopped for a long time, we were facing many problems in our journey. Had to pay high rent which was beyond our means. Finally the train started and the fare was increased by Rs.5. We have no objection if the rent increases. However, the quality of passenger service should be increased.

Al Amin, the booking assistant of the railway station, said that train movement has started on the Dhaka-Narayanganj route after being closed for a long time. This has reduced the suffering of passengers. Passengers are expressing their satisfaction. Passengers responded well on the first day.

Narayanganj Railway Station Master Kamrul Islam said that it was decided to stop the train movement on the Dhaka-Narayanganj route in order to complete the Padma Bridge Rail Link project quickly. Thinking about the passengers, our officials along with the minister have again started 8 pairs of trains. Once the work is completed, the train will start running in full. This has brought relief to the passengers. The quality of passenger service has also been enhanced.

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