Japan-based Kawasaki Heavy Industries shipped out six rolling stock cars for Bangladesh’s Dhaka MRT Line-6 from Kobe Port.
These railcars are expected to arrive at the depot in Dhaka next month.
Kawasaki stated that after the completion of testing and commissioning, the rolling stock will be delivered to Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL).
The shipped rolling stock consists of the first train set out of 24 six-car trainsets, a total of 144 cars, which were ordered by DMTCL in August 2017 to the consortium formed by Kawasaki and Mitsubishi.
The body of the car is made up of light and durable stainless-steel.
The rolling stock is equipped with indoor and external CCTV cameras to monitor the status of passengers and platforms during one-man operation.
These cameras not only provide security for onboard passengers but for those boarding and leaving the trains and platforms.
Furthermore, each car features two large-capacity air conditioning units to enable a comfortable commute in high temperatures and humidity.
Set to be the first MRT system in Bangladesh, Dhaka MRT Line-6 will cover around 20km through a fully elevated track, including 16 stations.
The construction of Dhaka MRT Line-6 is currently underway with the Japan ODA Loan Agreement regarding infrastructure development, which was signed between the Bangladeshi Government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
In addition to Dhaka MRT Line-6, the government plans for the construction of other MRT in Dhaka.
The company noted that future demand for MRT rolling stock in Bangladesh is projected to rise due to urbanisation and rapid economic growth.