Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi have secured a contract worth nearly JPY40bn ($360m) to supply 144 cars of rolling stock and maintenance depot equipment for Dhaka mass rapid transit (MRT) Line-6 in Bangladesh.
The contract was signed with the Government of Bangladesh-owned Dhaka Mass Transit Company (DMTCL).
Kawasaki will be responsible for overall project management, design, manufacture, testing, commissioning and delivery of the rolling stock and depot equipment under the deal.
The company will also provide training to DMTCL’s operation and maintenance personnel, as well as supervise maintenance work for rolling stock and depot equipment.
Mitsubishi will look after commercial administrations, along with the partial supply of depot equipment.
The contracted rolling stock includes 24 six-car trainsets, which will be built using lightweight and durable stainless steel.
The trains will be equipped with internal and external CCTV cameras to ensure passenger security, and two sets of large capacity air-conditioning units to provide comfort for commuters during the hot and humid season in Dhaka.
Dhaka MRT Line-6 will be a fully elevated rail network spanning a length of 20km in Bangladesh. It will connect Uttara North to Motijheel and comprise a total of 16 stations.
Construction of the line has already commenced, following the Japan ODA Loan Agreement that was signed between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of Bangladesh.
Dhaka MRT Line-6 is expected to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions once complete.
It is also expected to decrease economic expenditure and promote the use of rail transportation, thereby improving urban convenience.
The construction of an additional MRT in Dhaka is also currently being planned alongside the Dhaka MRT Line-6.
Image: Dhaka MRT Line-6 rolling stock. Photo: courtesy of Mitsubishi Corporation.