SMEC recently held a workshop with the client and key stakeholders from the Darshana - Mujibnagar- Meherpur Railway Project (DMMRP) where the team unveiled their detailed design proposals. Appointed to the DMMRP in 2020, SMEC along with our sister company and delivery partner ACE Consultants has also completed feasibility and alignment studies for the project. The current alignment proposes three river crossings, traversing the Mathabhanga river twice and the Bhairab river once.

SMEC has operated in Bangladesh since the 1960s and has since established a strong reputation in the design and delivery of complex infrastructure projects. Project Director, Md Ariful Islam said,

“Our engineering team has developed a cost-effective design solution whilst overcoming the unique engineering challenges posed by the rivers and natural conditions affecting the rail alignment. To achieve consensus on the alignment, the SMEC/ACE team has led extensive consultation with a myriad of stakeholders, preparing a design that celebrates the historical significance of the site.”

Above: Views of Mujibnaga Station

During the concept and detailed design process, SMEC coordinated input from all key stakeholders including local political leaders, utility providers and community groups. Detailed consultations and workshops were held to clearly communicate the design intent and thinking behind each alignment option. As part of the detailed design the team has altered station locations to optimise the height of the river embankment, which will result in significantly reduce construction costs.

The design of the stations was also a key consideration for the team, reflecting the importance of Mujibnagar in the history of Bangladesh. Connecting these districts is culturally significant because this is where Bangladesh’s first government declared independence and took oath in April 1971. Stations have been designed to reflect local culture whilst incorporating locally available materials. Six stations are proposed including Darshana, Bastobpur, Kanaidanga, Mujibnagar, Monakhali, and Meherpur.

Client: Bangladesh Railway

Location: Darshana to Meherpur

Delivery Partners: ACE consultants, Bangladesh