Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

First commuter train hits tracks

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gets down from a commuter train after inaugurating it at Kamalapur Railway Station on Wednesday. Photo: STAR

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gets down from a commuter train after inaugurating it at Kamalapur Railway Station on Wednesday. Photo: STAR

The first-ever commuter train hit the Dhaka-Narayanganj tracks on Wednesday aiming to ensure faster travels on the 20 kilometres route.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the train, a six-coach Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU), at Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital around 12:35pm.

The train, which can carry 300 passengers at a time, will make 14 trips a day between Dhaka and Narayanaganj. Fare has been fixed at Tk 15.

The DEMU is the first of a total of 20 sets being imported from China as per a $58.31 million deal signed in 2011.

The government is introducing commuter trains on short routes amid fast growing demand of transportation of people.

The railway would also introduce the trains on Dhaka-Tongi, Chittagong-Feni, Chittagong-Nazirhat and Chittagong-Dohazari routes.

DEMUs will be introduced later on two northern routes–Dinajpur-Parbatipur-Rangpur and Lalmonirhat-Parbatipur-Saidpur.

The railway is also importing five six-coach DEMUs from India, which will start supplying the trains at the year-end, said railway officials.