The West Zone of Bangladesh railway will construct Bogura-Sirajganj direct rail track aimed at easing communication between the two districts, a railway official here said.
The zone headquartered in Rajshahi has adopted a project titled "Construction of Dual Gauge Rail Line from Bogura to Shahid M. Monsur Ali Station, Sirajganj of Bangladesh Railway", its Chief Engineer Al Fattah Masudur Rahman told BSS.
He said the project had been approved in the ECNEC meeting on October 30, 2018 adding that an 86.51-kilometer mainline and another 16.30-kilometer loop line including other specified civil works will be constructed under the Tk 5,579.70-crore project.
The project involves the construction of a 72km railway line from Bogura to Jamtoil (Sirajganj) besides construction of stations, platforms, bridges, an administrative facility and other related facilities, the installation of lighting, overhead sign structures and the laying of track.
Two important bridges on the Karatoa and Isamoti rivers and overpass on Dhaka-Bogura highway will also be constructed with installation of modern signalling and telecommunication, he said.
The project would establish a shorter dual gauge link between the western and northern parts of the country with the eastern and southern parts via capital Dhaka, he added.
"We have to acquire 960 acres of land for installation of new dual gauge mainline from Bogura to Shahid Monsur Ali Stations via Sirajganj and Raipur," said Engineer Rahman.
Upon its successful implementation by June, 2023, this railway route will reduce travel time from Dhaka to the northern part of Bangladesh besides reducing traffic congestion and air pollution through diversion of traffic to the railway, he said.
He also said the people of Sirajganj, Bogura and part of Naogaon will get benefit of this railway connectivity.
Project Director Abu Zafar Mian said necessary works for appointing consultants for supervising the works of study design and construction are progressing at present.
Meanwhile, the railway west zone has been implementing nine other projects involving around Tk 11,047.51 crore at present in order to infuse more dynamism into the railway transportation along with boosting quality services.
A 55-kilometer new railway track from Kasiani to Tungipara via Gopalganj has been constructed besides renovating another 82-kilometer line from Kalukhali to Bhatiapara with a total cost of around Tk 2,110.27 crore, railway sources said.
They said a Tk 47.84-crore level crossing rehabilitation project is being implemented to ensure safe movement of rail and vehicles on road.
The zone has also been implementing a project titled 'Railway Line Renovation and Construction for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant' which will establish railway communication between Ishwardi bypass take-off point and the power plant.
"We are conducting feasibility study on important projects of the zone with an estimated cost of around Tk 9.92 crore," said Mihir Kanti Guha, General Manager of the zone, while talking to BSS here today.