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Bangladesh to open Japan-backed metro line on Wednesday

Experts say launch is a positive step but won't solve congestion on its own

An MRT-6 test run in Dhaka: The line promises to help at least some commuters avoid the city's clogged streets. (Photo by Mahmud Hossain Opu)

DHAKA -- Bangladesh's first-ever metro rail line is set to be inaugurated on Wednesday in densely populated Dhaka, promising at least a degree of relief from some of the world's worst traffic congestion.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is to cut the ribbon and become the Japan-backed metro's first passenger, an official with the prime minister's office told Nikkei Asia. A day later, it will open to the public.

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