TOKYO – Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corp. said Monday they have won a 40-billion-yen ($361 million) order from a Bangladesh state-owned company to supply 144 train cars and maintenance depot equipment for the first rapid transit railway system in the country.
The state-run Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Co. is now building the MRT Line-6 in the Bangladesh capital to help ease chronic traffic congestion in Dhaka, one of the most crowded cities in the world with a population of over 15 million, the two Japanese companies said.
The 20-kilometer fully elevated route will connect the northern and southern parts of Dhaka, with the construction financed by yen loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Kawasaki will be responsible for a range of matters from the design, production and supply of train cars and major depot equipment to training operation and maintenance personnel at the Bangladesh company. Mitsubishi will manage commercial administration and partially supply depot equipment.
Regarding the mass rapid transit project in Bangladesh, seven Japanese engaged in a feasibility study were among the 29 people killed in a terrorist attack at a restaurant in Dhaka in July 2016.