Public transport to restart on Sunday

Staff Correspondent

29 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government will allow bus, train and launch services to restart operations with a limited number of passengers from May 31 after the end of two months nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak.

The public administration ministry on Wednesday announced that the lockdown, which has been in effect since March 26, will not be extended beyond May 30.

In an order on Thursday, the Cabinet Division said the government will outline the steps that will have to be taken to resume public transport services between May 31 and June 15. “During the period, public transports, river transports and rail services will operate with a predetermined amount of passengers after maintaining the health and safety protocols,” the Cabinet Division said.

Transport authorities have also been directed to ensure strict compliance with the government’s health directives, including wearing masks at all times. The aviation authority will also consider resuming domestic flights under its management between May 31 and June 15, according to the order.

Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said they have decided to run only intercity train from May 31 to June 15.

The railways will sell 50 percent passenger tickets to maintain social distancing among passengers during the pandemic period. Tickets will be available both online and ticket counter.

Meanwhile, transport owners, BRTA, and transport workers will sit in a meeting at 3:00pm on Friday to fix their strategy to run transport following health issue during the pandemic, said Abu Naser, senior public relations officer of Roads and Highways Division.