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Dhaka Metrorail - A New Step to Eradicate the Traffic Jam
Figure 1 – Dhaka Metrorail Starts Taking Trip from 28th December 2022
The capital of Bangladesh is expecting a transformation in the total traffic system. More than 22 million people and 28 thousand rickshaws are moving every day inside Dhaka City. Dhaka Metrorail is the grand plan to eradicate the butterfly effect of slow motion due to the high traffic. According to a statistic, this massive infrastructure can save more than 400,000 working hours per year. In the beginning, Line – 6 of the transportation system will take trips from Diabari Uttara to Agargaon. When it will run at full capacity, the massive infrastructure will reduce the time to travel from Uttara to Motijheel to 40 minutes only. In every step of Dhaka Metrorail, you can find Mirpur Ceramics and Khadim Ceramics’ products. For exterior beauty and interior efficiency, the products play a vital role. Besides saving time, it is also an architectural milestone as an infrastructure in the capital of Bangladesh. Precision and beauty, both have been considered in designing the establishment.
Figure 2 – Dhaka Metrorail Offers Ease-of-Access for People with Disabilities
Designed for People with Disabilities
In the Dhaka Metrorail, from the beginning of the journey to the exit, from one point to another, ease of access has been ensured for people with disabilities and all kinds of citizens, including pregnant women, senior citizens, and children.
Figure 3 – There are Special Gates and Seats for People Using Wheelchairs
Every step in this grand architectural design includes special kinds of Tac Tiles that were first introduced in Japan.
What are Tac Tiles?
Figure 4 – Tac Tiles have Blisters or Bar-type Designs Similar to Braille
Tac Tiles are a special kind of tiles that were first introduced in Japan. These tiles are used for showing directions to people with visual impairments. Because of bright colors, like yellow or red, it can be quite useful to people who have partial problems seeing. On the other hand, people who have a full disability for vision can read the blisters and bars with white canes or bare feet.
Figure 5 – Tac Tiles are used Everywhere in Dhaka Metrorail
Circle-based blister tiles show where to go and where to stop. The bar-based patterns show warnings, directions, and the end of a path. Everywhere Light Rapid Transits have this kind of tile so that people with visual impairments can easily find their way through a crowd. Dhaka Metrorail put ceramic Tac tiles everywhere on the stairs, counters, and edges. These ceramic tiles were manufactured locally by Khadim Ceramics.
Aesthetic Exterior at Dhaka Metrorail
Not only the ease of access, but the architectural design of the station also follows some important themes. You can see them from station to station. The exterior of every station has been prioritized to match the color of the national flag of Bangladesh.
Figure 6 – Khadim Ceramics DT-5 Claddings are used at the Exterior of the Dhaka Metrorail
For the red texture, Khadim Ceramics’ DT-5 Claddings have been used all over. These tiles are homogenous products from Khadim Ceramics. This means from inside to outside the tiles have similar density and color. This has made the product one of the best types of exterior tiles you can find.
The difference between normal bricks to claddings is that the water absorption rate is lower, and the heat is distributed evenly. This improves the quality of the product and they can be used for longer than normal painting on walls.
As a result, you can expect that the tiles used at the stations of Dhaka Metrorail will stay strong for a long time to ensure the architectural beauty of the exterior. The government has planned to invest in the long run here so that beauty prevails.
Efficiency in the Exterior & Interior
For sustaining tiles on the wall, in the long run on the exterior, you need better kinds of mortar rather than using cement, sand, and water. Cement, while used on the walls, there are always chances to miss the ratios. It can result in decay, cracks, and loss of bricks or tiles. The strength of the wall is actually at risk. On the other hand, tile adhesives are manufactured to go with the exterior and interior of the wall as well as strengthen it to the next level.
Due to the mixing method, correct ratios can be implemented without a problem. Not only that, but the strength is also better than normal cement. As a result, due to longevity and less pollution caused than using cement and sand, tile adhesive is also quite an eco-friendly solution.
When it comes to the Dhaka Metrorail, the government understood the need for longevity and used the best type of mortar for tiles. Khadim’s tile adhesive is a series of the best tie adhesives locally produced when it comes to exterior tiles. The tiles can stay longer on the wall than natural cement because the ingredients differ from regular cement.
Special Bonding Between Tiles
Not only that, Khadim’s Grout Guard has been used to fill in the gaps between the tiles. Even for floor tiles, the Grout Guard performed a unique role. Using Grout Guard rather than white cement makes the tiles’ bonding between each other far longer lasting. As the water absorption is lower than cement and it comes in different colors, the product is one of the bests to use with exterior or interior tiles.
The grouting from Khadim Ceramics is water-proof and fungus-resistant, above all, tiles can be easily repaired if you are using grout guards. The usage and technology can meet the needs and demands of modern times that Dhaka Metrorail needs.
This is why we can expect sustainable quality and longevity in the beautification of the Dhaka Metrorail Stations.
What about using the Elevator and Restroom?
Every platform, elevator, and restroom is built in a way that everyone including people with special needs can use. People with disabilities have been given extra focus and they have been given special priority for using them. Different gates have been installed for them as well as for senior citizens who are using wheelchairs or any other special means to move.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of exterior elements are used in Dhaka Metrorail?
In the exterior of Dhaka Metrorail Khadim Ceramic’s DT-5 Claddigns are used. It is a sister concern of Mirpur Ceramics. Mirpur Ceramics produced ceramic bricks used to build the National Parliament of Bangladesh.
Why does Dhaka Metrorail use ceramic tiles?
Dhaka Metrorail stations used Khadim’s Ceramic Tiles on the exterior. Ceramic tiles are homogenous products, which means, the exterior and the inside of the product reflect the same density of materials and the same color. Ceramic tiles are burned with extreme heat in a controlled manner. The water absorption rate and chances of decaying are far lower than normal tiles.
Are there Tac Tiles in Dhaka Metrorail?
In every station, Dhaka Metrorail uses a special kind of tiles on the floor – tac tiles. The tiles are of bright colors and they have got bars or blisters on them. Following the braille system for people with vision problems, these tiles are manufactured. With the blisters and bars, anyone who can use braille can find his/her way to the gates, exits, stairs, and warnings.
Why does Dhaka Metrorail use Ceramic Tac Tiles?
Ceramic tac tiles are used at every station of Dhaka Metrorail. Any person with impaired vision can find their way through lines, gates, exits, and stairs from one place to another through these tiles. Ceramic tiles have far more longevity compared to cement tiles. If a tactile loses an edge, a blister, or a bar, then people with vision impairment can lose their ways. Cement tiles often lose their edges and any pedestrian can face a problem. That is why Dhaka Metrorail uses ceramic tac tiles.
Certainly, Dhaka Metrorail is a work of art that emphasizes beauty as well as efficiency in the transportation system of Bangladesh. It will save time and cost by eradicating the traffic jam. The new infrastructure will also open new doors for people with disabilities. We are proud to be a part of it.