Faster Dhaka-Ctg Rail Trip: 24kms dual-gauge double-line opens
Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan today opened a 24-kilometre dual-gauge double-line from Laksham to Cumilla for train operation.
The 24km line is a part of 72-km long Akhaura-Lakhsham section on Dhaka-Chattogram route, which is now being developed under a Tk 6,504.54 crore project.
This 72km section remained a bottleneck while the rest of the 321km rail corridor between the capital and the port city has already been converted into a double line.
Under the project, the existing meter-gauge single line is being converted into a dual-gauge double line.
Journeys on this route used to take additional time because of the bottleneck. But the opening of this 24km part, travelling time between Dhaka and Chattogram would be reduced by 10 to 15 minutes, project director Shahidul Islam told The Daily Star recently.
Taking part at a programme at Cumilla Rail Station, the rail minister said the entire Dhaka-Chattogram line would be converted into dual gauge in future.