Chittagong, Bangladesh (BBN)- Bangladesh Railway introduced diesel-electric multiple unit (DEMU) train service on two routes in the country’s port city on Saturday.

Railways Minister Mujibul Haq inaugurated the train service at Chittagong Railway Station. Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Amin, Environment Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud were, among others, present.

Officials said one of the trains will play Chittagong-Fouzderhat route twice a day while another on Chittagong-Laksham routed once a day. The minimum fare for Chittagong-Fouzderhat route has been fixed at BDT 15 while BDT 55 for Chittagong-Laksham route.

These trains, popularly known as commuter train in Bangladesh, have been procured from China. Each train having three bogies has a capacity of carrying over 300 passengers.

The Bangladesh Railway has planned to operate the train initially on seven eastern and three on western zone routes, they added.

The Railways Ministry earlier decided to bring 20 sets of Chinese DEMU trains to ease off traffic congestions in different cities of the country.

BBN/SSR/AD-26May13-11:14 am (BST)