Tuhin Shubhra Adhikary

2Nd Dhaka-N’ganj Rail Line: BR project runs into more trouble

The second Dhaka-Narayanganj rail line project, which is already running behind schedule, has run into major trouble as a contractor has sought to cancel the contract.

2h ago

Ctg-Cox’s Bazar Highway: RHD moves to get rid of bottlenecks

The Roads and Highways Department will build 24km of bypass roads and a flyover on Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar highway to eliminate bottlenecks in five town areas.

1d ago

Sonamasjid land port to be brought under rail network

Bangladesh Railway is looking to build a new rail line to bring Sonamasjid land port under the country’s rail network.

2d ago

Bike sales drop 30% in two months

Motorcycle sales declined by 30 per cent in Bangladesh in the past two months due to higher inflationary pressures and a draft policy that makes securing a driving licence mandatory before buying two-wheelers.

3d ago

Demerit Point For Drivers: Govt agencies dragging foot on enforcement

When the Road Transport Act-2018 was enacted over four years ago incorporating a system of demerit points on driving licenses for traffic violation, the authorities said the system would go a long way in ensuring road safety.

3d ago

Bhanga-Jashore-Benapole Highway: Funding snag holds off project

A problem over funding the expansion of the Bhanga-Jashore-Benapole highway project is raising concerns that the work of the much-needed project may take more time to kick off.

4d ago

Improve safety at 2,000 level crossings

With more than two-thirds of the 3,111 level crossings in the country considered unsafe, a government survey has recommended improving safety features of around 2,000 rail crossings.

5d ago

Bhanga-Payra Port Rail Line: Chinese firm keen to invest, build it

A state-run Chinese company has proposed investing and constructing the Bhanga-Payra Port railline on a public-private partnership model.

6d ago

Vehicle fitness: A mockery at the cost of life and limb

Most vehicles involved in recent major and sensational road crashes did not have the required documents, including valid fitness certificates, or their drivers were without a valid licence.

1w ago

43Km Sylhet-Sheola Road: Dual carriageway to boost regional links

The government is going to turn the 43km Sylhet to Sheola Land Port road into a dual carriageway to improve regional connectivity.

2w ago

Transport master plan violated at will

Ignoring the Revised Strategic Transport Plan, government agencies on their own initiated eight major projects in and around the capital. The projects could end up on the chopping block and the money already spent could be written off.

2w ago

BRTA to set up 12 more vehicle tracking stations

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority is set to increase its capacity to track stolen vehicles and monitor traffic movement by setting up 12 additional radio-frequency identification (RFID) stations at the capital’s entry and exit points over the next 12 months.

2w ago

Road Crashes: Funds there, victims yet to get compensation

Although vehicle owners have been giving money for the fund for road accident victims since January, the authorities could not yet start handing out the compensations yet.

2w ago

‘It should be realistic, not imposed’

Motorcycle manufacturers and assemblers have formally opposed the draft that transport authorities have prepared to control bikes in a bid to curb road crashes.

3w ago

Facilitating Work of Metro: Gabtoli terminal to be relocated in a year and half

Gabtoli Bus Terminal, the largest and the busiest inter-district bus terminal in the capital, has to be relocated for the construction of a metro rail line. This may lead to suffering for tens of thousands of passengers.

4w ago

Mixed reactions as BR starts implementing new ticketing system

While many passengers welcomed the initiative, taken by BR to prevent black marketing of tickets, others, especially those of lower income groups, found the process very complicated

4w ago

Mrt Line-5 Construction: Southern route to cost 35pc higher than northern

The government is going to construct another metro rail line, whose construction cost per km is some 35 percent higher than that of a similar metro line.

Mrt-5 Northern Route Alignment: RHD, metro rail authority at odds

The metro rail authorities and the Roads and Highways Department are in a tussle over the route alignment of MRT-5 (north), physical work on which is expected to start in July.

Casualties in Road Crashes: Campaigners question govt’s low numbers

For the first time, the road transport and bridges ministry has made public the statistics of road accidents and casualties for a particular month, January.

4 key railway lines likely to open before polls

Chattogram-Cox's Bazar rail line, Khulna-Mongla rail line, Dhaka-Bhanga section of the Padma Bridge Rail Link, and Akhaura-Laksam double line are supposed to significantly improve communications

Joydebpur-Ishwardi double line not before 2028

After China abruptly withdrew from its role of financier of the Joydebpur-Ishwardi Double Line Project a couple of years ago, Bangladesh Railway (BR) is now reviving it with Japanese assistance.

Concrete paving: Potential game changer in road construction

Ready-mix concrete is on a truck. An excavator carries and pours it onto the surface of an under-construction road. Then an automatic concrete-paving machine joins in and does the rest.

No licence, no bike

Nobody will be allowed to buy a motorcycle without a driving licence. Also, one would need a licence to get a motorcycle registered with the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority.

Fitness sham: Impounded during robbery attempt, vehicle gets BRTA clearance

Police on March 15 last year seized a mini-truck for using it to attempt a robbery. Since then, the vehicle has been kept at Cumilla Sadar South Police Station. Despite this fact, the mini-truck (Chattogram Metro-NA-11-2608) got its fitness certificate in November.

Bangabandhu Railway Bridge: Minister optimistic, challenges aplenty

Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan has said the construction of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Railway Bridge will be completed within the August 2024 deadline.

2 mega projects set to kick off

Physical works of two mega infrastructure projects involving around Tk 70,000 crore will get underway this week, setting off a flurry of activities for the next several years.

From slumber to whirr of machines

Pitalganj, next to the Shitalakkhya and located around 1.5km south of Kanchan Bridge in Narayanganj’s Rupganj upazila, is like any other village across the country.

Padma Bridge to get costlier

The long-cherished Padma bridge is set to cost more after the bridges division sought more funds and time to complete the structure even though it is open to the public since June last year.

BRT line-3: Promises falling flat

When the government took up a project in November 2012 to build a 20.50km road dedicated for buses between Dhaka airport and Gazipur, the plan was to operate spacious and comfortable articulated buses.

Underground metro rail construction starts Jan 26

The physical work of the country’s first-ever underground metro rail line will begin on January 26, setting off a flurry of activity for the second biggest infrastructure project in Bangladesh.

Dhaka-Ctg Rail Link: Project on cards to build chord line

Bangladesh Railway is moving forward with its plan to build a chord line from Dhaka to Cumilla via Narayanganj to shorten the distance between the capital and the port city.

Metro network unlikely by 2030

The building of a 130km metro rail network in Dhaka and its adjacent areas is not likely to meet the 2030 deadline due to delays in preparations.

Govt all set to jack up fees for vehicles

The government is going to increase fees for most services provided by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), putting additional financial burden on private and commercial vehicle owners.

Small vehicles shoot up, so do accidents

A sharp and unregulated growth of vehicles, especially motorcycles and three-wheelers, over the last few years has resulted in a spike in the numbers of road crashes and casualties.

Compensation For Death, Injury: Road crash victims can now legally claim it

The family of a person killed in a road crash due to reckless or negligent driving will get at least Tk 5 lakh in compensation.

Metro rail opens to public

Jannatul Afrin’s excitement was palpable as the train was approaching the platform at Uttara North Station at 8 in the morning.

‘Can't believe metro rail journey was so smooth, fast’

Twelve-year-old Imam Hasan Eyaad was over the moon after taking his first-ever ride in the metro rail this morning.."It's very exciting. (I) can't believe that the journey was so smooth and fast," Eyaad exclaimed after reaching Agargaon station at 10:15am. "It was my first metro trip," he

Metro dream rolls into reality

At precisely 1:38pm came the glorious moment. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waved the green flag and the country’s first-ever metro began to roll, marking a major leap in the Bangladesh’s transport sector.

Metro moment is finally here

Bangladesh enters a new era in communication today with the launch of its first metro rail, promising fast, reliable, and safe commute in a traffic-choked Dhaka.

MRT Line-6: Twist and turns

The long-awaited metro rail project is finally becoming a reality as the country’s first overhead electric train will be launched today, bringing with it excitement and also its share of challenges.

Bangladesh ushers in a new era of commuting

Bangladesh is all set to step into a new era of commuting with a new mode of public transport that has never been seen before -- the electricity-powered metro rail of Dhaka.

Dhaka Metro Rail: DMP to ensure security until dedicated force formed

Dhaka Metropolitan Police will ensure security at the country’s first metro rail, set to be inaugurated on Wednesday, until a dedicated force is available.

Metro Rail: Tickets to go on sale after PM’s trip

Metro rail authorities are planning to start selling single- and multiple-use cards after launching the country's first metro rail on December 28.

50 double-decker buses to provide shuttle service

Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has readied 50 double-decker buses to provide shuttle services to metro rail passengers as the country’s first metro rail service is going to be launched on December 28.

BR goes for massive recruitment

Bangladesh Railway has started its biggest recruitment process in recent time as the state-run rail transport agency is running short of manpower, hampering its services seriously.

Now 100 roads set to open

After opening 100 new bridges to traffic in a single day last month, the government is now going to, simultaneously inaugurate 100 roads, most of which were either widened or renovated recently.

Bhanga-Jashore-Benapole Highway: Estimated outlay jumps before project approval

The proposed Bhanga-Jashore-Benapole Highway development project will be setting an example of how poor planning and uncertainty over funding can escalate the implementation costs sharply.

Dhaka-Ctg high speed railway project: China firm seeks to ‘build-own-operate’

A Chinese state-owned company has proposed to implement Dhaka-Chattogram High Speed Railway Project by forming a company, where China will have an 80 percent share.

November 3, 2022
November 3, 2022

Paying attention to a timely need

The government, for the first time in the country, is going to develop a strategy and action plan for post-crash response care  for road crash victims.

November 2, 2022
November 2, 2022

A new addition to promote tourism

 Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is going to introduce a special service for tourists using two of its open-top buses, to promote tourism in and around Dhaka.

November 1, 2022
November 1, 2022

Panchagarh now the rail capital!

Panchagarh is home to some 11.79 lakh people, representing 0.71 percent of Bangladesh’s population, according to the recently published census.

October 31, 2022
October 31, 2022

Metro rail: BRTC to provide shuttle services for passengers

The metro rail authorities will sign an agreement with BRTC on Wednesday to provide shuttle bus services to metro rail passengers as the country’s first metro rail service is going to be in operation partially from December, with 10 sets of trains.

October 27, 2022
October 27, 2022

How many meetings till things change?

During its fourth meeting in February this year, a taskforce -- formed to bring down road crashes and bring discipline in the transport sector -- decided to form a committee to fix the economic service life of commercial vehicles, meaning for how many years they can be used.

October 22, 2022
October 22, 2022

Deaths rising on roads

As the authorities have failed to solve the ages-old perennial problems in the road transport sector, relatively new elements such as uncontrolled three-wheelers and motorcycles worsened the situation further, leading to a rise in crashes and fatalities.

October 19, 2022
October 19, 2022

Vehicles seeking fitness clearance drops to a 7-year low

Despite a sharp rise in vehicle registration in the last fiscal year, the number of vehicles seeking fitness clearance has dropped to a seven-year low during this period, raising serious concerns over road safety.

October 19, 2022
October 19, 2022

100 new bridges opening at once

The government is likely to simultaneously open 100 new bridges at the end of this month, giving a big boost to the country’s road network.

October 17, 2022
October 17, 2022

First underground metro: Work finally starts in Dec

Civil works of the country’s first underground metro rail will start in December this year, after a two-year delay.

October 16, 2022
October 16, 2022

Will Dhaka finally be free of faulty buses?

The section 25 of ‍Road Transport Act-2018 clearly states that operation of unfit and rundown vehicles is a punishable offence and one may face up to six-month jail or Tk 25,000 fine or both.