Metrorail: Emergency drill conducted for passengers’ safety
Metrorail authorities have installed special buttons in each carriage of the trains to better deal with emergencies and ensure passengers' safety.
Once the train operator receives an emergency call from the buttons, the message will be transmitted by the operator to the Operation Control Centre (OCC) at the Diabari depot.
The OCC will then command each operator to stop the train at the next station, and inform the station controller, police and fire service.
In the meantime, the Disaster Management Team (DMT) at Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL), which will operate the metro rail, will inform the organisations concerned.
Once the train is stopped, the passengers will be evacuated, and the fire service and police officials will take the next course of action.
All these works are expected to be completed within minutes, according to the authorities, who conducted an emergency response drill at the Metro Rail Exhibition and Information Centre at Diabari yesterday.
It was conducted as part of a training programme given to different stakeholders, including officials of DMTCL, police and fire service. Participants demonstrated how the safety system will work in case of arson.
Safety measures are being prepared in full swing as the authority is planning to begin partial commercial operation of the country's first metro rail from December.
The 20km Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 is being implemented from Uttara to Motijheel at the cost of Tk 21,985 crores. The line will be extended to Kamalapur, ultimately increasing the cost.
In December, the line from Uttara to Agargaon is expected to be operational.
The DMTCL is implementing a separate project titled "Technical assistance for Mass Rapid Transit safety management system of Line-6" to establish a Safety Management System (SMS).
As per the project documents, it started in January 2021 by a joint venture of NIPPON KOEI and Osaka Metro Service and funded by JICA.
The aim of the project is to transfer knowledge of SMS-related issues, MRT operation, and securing passenger safety like in Japan to the DMTCL.