Bangladesh: Metro Rail will remain away from Loadshedding
Dhaka, 24 July 2022 : The much awaited metro rail to be launched from December 16 will be out of load shedding.
Dhaka, 24 July 2022 : The much awaited metro rail to be launched from December 16 will be out of load shedding. This information was informed during the discussion on the running time of the metro rail on Tuesday (July 19) at the National Economic Council Executive Committee (ECNEC) meeting.
State Minister of Planning. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the meeting through video conference from Ganabhaban in the presence of Shamul Alam. In this regard, Managing Director (MD) of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) MAN Siddique said, loadshedding has nothing to do with Metrorail. Not only for our country, there is no loadshedding relationship with Metrorail anywhere in the world. Metrorail is always out of loadshedding. There is no reason to worry about it.
Metrorail project stakeholders said that electricity has been arranged directly from the grid to Metrorail to ensure uninterrupted power supply. As a result there is no danger of load shedding. Currently, 80 MW of electricity is required to run the metro rail from Uttara to Agargaon in the capital. Meanwhile all the processes of uninterrupted power supply have been completed. The necessary electricity is also ready for this.
Those concerned said that the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) will be in charge of the supply directly from the grid line to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the Metrorail. A 132 KV substation has been set up at Diabari for direct power supply from the grid. Apart from this, another sub-centre of similar capacity is under construction at Motijheel. In the meantime, electric poles have been installed on the spans on the pillars of the Metrorail.
Japan's Marubeni Corporation and India's L Laresen & Turbo (&T) are installing the necessary electricity for the metro rail. In the first phase, 80 MW will be needed to run the metro from Uttara to Agargaon and then another 80 MW will be required to start it from Motijheel. If Metrorail is launched, the use of diesel in public transport will decrease, and carbon emissions will decrease.