BANGLADESH: Project promoter Dhaka Mass Transit Co signed the ¥55bn railway systems contract for Dhaka metro Line 6 with a joint venture of Marubeni and Larsen & Toubro on June 3.

The joint venture will supply ballasted track for the depot and ballastless track to be used elsewhere, eight traction substations, 1·5 kV DC overhead catenary, CBTC signalling, LTE telecoms, platform screen doors, station escalators and lifts, and an automatic fare collection system. The contract includes six years of maintenance.

A consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Corp was awarded the ¥40bn rolling stock and depot contract last year. Kawasaki is supplying a fleet of 24 six-car trainsets.

Line 6 will run on a 19·9 km north-south elevated alignment from Uttara North to Motijheel, with 16 stations. Construction is 75% financed by a loan from Japan International Co-operation Agency. Trial operation is planned to start by the end of 2019, with the full service following by the end of 2020.