The entire 11.73km metro rail line from Uttara's Diabari to Agargaon is now visible now after the installation of the last segment of the viaduct in Agargaon completed.
The segment was installed in between pillar number 375 and 376 at around 11:20am on Sunday.
MAN Siddique, Managing Director of Dhaka Mass Transport Company Limited, was present in Agargaon during installation of the last segment.
Commenting that this was a very happy moment, MAN Siddique told the media, "Works for some other components of the project are still due. Once we get the coaches in April, we will take the decision of first trial run. And then we will start full operation."
Officials of the metro rail project said over 80% of the physical work of the metro rail line from Diabari to Agargaon have been completed.
To build an effective transport system in Dhaka that will reduce traffic congestion, the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (MRT Line-6) was approved in 2012, at an estimated cost of Tk22,000 crore, to be implemented with Japanese assistance under the Strategic Transport Plan (STP).
As part of the project, a 20.1km metro rail line will be constructed from Diabari to Motijheel by 2024. But considering the golden jubilee of independence, the government recently decided to inaugurate the first part of the metro rail stretching up to Agargaon.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed officials to further extend the metro line from Motijheel to Kamalapur. The length of the line will then be 21.7km.
Project officials said rail tracks stretching for around seven kilometres have been installed in this part. The length of the track installed in the depot area is about 11km.
Overhead catenary wire has been installed over a 7.5km stretch up to Kazipara to supply power to the metro train. Following land development in the depot area, the construction of nine infrastructures has been completed already while construction of other installations is making fast progress.
Project officials hope trains will run by next December.