18 Mar 2023, 10:57

Bogura-Sirajganj new railway track construction in the offing

RAJSHAHI, March 18, 2023 (BSS) - Construction works of the long-cherished
Bogura-Sirajganj direct rail track is expected to start by this year end as
land acquisition process has already begun.

The West Zone of Bangladesh railway is scheduled to construct the dual gauge
railway route 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" involving around Taka 5,500 crore.

Project Director Engineer Monirul Islam Firoji told BSS that land acquisition
process at both ends of the railway route began.
Simultaneously, the tender invitation process for the railway construction
works is progressing. Design formulation works are in the final stage.
After completion of all the necessary procedures, including the land
acquisition, the construction works are likely to start by this yearend or
the initial stage of the next year, he added.

For the new railway route, 960 acres of land will be acquired in the two
districts. Around 500 acres in Bogura part while 460 acres in Sirajganj
Engineer Monirul Islam said the government has already allocated Taka 1,921
crore for the land acquisition purposes.

In the initial stage, a dual gauge railway line from Bogura to Shaheed M
Monsur Ali railway station in Sirajganj will be constructed under the project
while a double line in the next.

On the route, nine stations-- M Monsur Ali, Raipur, Nalka Krishnadia,
Chandaikona, Raiganj, Sonka, Sherpur, Aria Bazar and Ranirhat-- will be set

Under the project, a 72-kilometer railway track from Bogura railway line to M
Monsur Ali station of Bangabandhu Bridge in Sirajganj and another 12-
kilometer track from Kahalu station to Ranirhat in Bogura will be

The project also involves construction of stations, platforms, bridges, an
administrative facility and other related facilities, the installation of
lighting, overhead sign structures and the laying of tracks.
Two important bridges on the Karatoa and Isamoti rivers and overpass on
Dhaka-Bogra highway will also be constructed with installation of modern
signaling and telecommunications, he said.

The physical execution of the project, once finalized, will involve the
construction of a dual gauge main line and loop lines from Bogra to
Sirajganj, as well as construction of stations, platforms, bridges, an
administrative facility, installation of lighting, overhead sign structures
and the laying of track.
After completion, the project would establish a shorter Dual Gauge Link
between the Western and Northern parts of Bangladesh and the Eastern and
Southern parts of the country via the capital city of the country.

Upon successful implementation of the project by 2026, distance between the
northern districts and the capital Dhaka will be reduced by 112 kilometers
besides ensuring easy communication between peoples of the Bogura and
Sirajganj districts. Travel time will also be saved by three to four hours.

Engineer Monirul Islam said the project will infuse dynamism into trade,
business and communication of the northern districts.

Agricultural products along with the products of small and medium industries
could be transported from the districts to the capital Dhaka at cost-
effective prices. As a whole, the economy of the districts will be bolstered.

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