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Bangladesh capital debuts first metro line

STORY: Long lines formed in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Thursday (December 29), but without a hint of frustration.

People were waiting their turn to catch a ride on the city’s first metro.

The rail network was officially opened a day before by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

It’s taken six years to complete the first line, with the full network set to encompass six routes and more than 100 stations.

Partially funded by Japan, it’s hoped the network will help alleviate traffic jams in the congested city of 20 million.

Planners hope the first line will be used by around 60,000 people every hour.

And so far it’s getting a warm welcome from Dhaka residents.

This woman says she waited from 7am to use the system, which she called the pride of the city.