THE Bangladesh government plans to launch a feasibility study for a metro rail service in Chattogram, road transport and bridges minister, Mr Obaidul Quader, has confirmed.

A long-term and comprehensive transport master plan for the city will also be prepared, which will be funded with a grant from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica).

Quader said this study will be completed within a year and will be implemented by the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority. The Daily Star reported that the announcement came following a meeting between Quader and Korean ambassador, Mr Lee Jang-keun.

Quader told a press briefing on February 7 that building a metro in the port city followed instructions from prime minister, Mr Sheikh Hasina, to utilise the city’s potential.

The newspaper also reports that a team has already arrived in Bangladesh from Korea to hold discussions with stakeholders in Chattogram this month.

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