BRTC to operate 60 double-deckers on city streets

Staff Correspondent

3 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will operate 60 double-deck buses in the capital to tackle the ongoing transport crisis for maintaining physical distance at public transports.

BRTC officials said that some buses, which were rented to different educational institutions, are in depot of the corporation.

“We have planned to operate 60 buses in the capital to tackle the ongoing transport crisis so that passengers can maintain physical distance. We have already introduced of 36 buses on Thursday and 25 more buses will start operation on Sunday,” said BRTC chairman Md Tazul Islam.

He also said, “We will operate the bus services on the routes where the number of passengers are higher. Kuril Flyover, Malibagh, Moghbazar and Tejgaon are such areas.”

Earlier, the government issued 18-point health guidelines including carrying 50 percent passengers on public transport to check COVID-19 which caused a serious crisis of public transport in the capital.

The transport crisis caused untold sufferings for commuters as public transports have started taking half passengers against its capacity from March 31 in the capital.

Many people, mostly office-goers are failing to get into buses as transport workers kept their vehicles’ gates locked after taking half passengers with increased fares.

Failing to get into buses, many passengers were also found walking to their destinations.

Taking advantage of the situation, many CNG-run auto-rickshaws, human-haulers and even slow-moving rickshaws drivers charged commuters extra fares.