Bus service to resume June 1

Launch service from tomorrow

Staff Correspondent

30 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bus service will resume from June 1 while the launch service from 31 May after a prolonged shutdown due to the spread of coronavirus across the country.

The authorities concerned are also considering revised fare for the transport services.

The decision came from two different meetings held at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) office and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) office in the capital.

 The decision came after the authorities concerned had discussed various issues with the owners and stakeholders of the sectors on Friday.

Road Transport and Highway Division Secretary Nazrul Islam said bus service will resume from June 1 with revised fare to be fixed on Saturday.

BIWTA Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq said launch service will resume from May 31.

Road Transport and Highway Division Secretary Nazrul Islam said, “Though bus services will start, passengers cannot be picked up in the middle of the road. If the passenger is picked up from middle of the road then hygiene rules cannot be followed.”

Both the owner and workers have agreed on this issue. In addition, all buses must have sanitizers. The bus owners have agreed to drive buses from June 1 in compliance with the health rules, he said.

Bus will carry half the number of passengers to maintain physical distancing. A total of 25 passengers can be picked up in a 50-seat bus. For this, the rent of bus has to be fixed anew. The rent determination committee will meet tomorrow and fix the rent, said the secretary on Friday.

Earlier 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 Jun 15.

"During that time, 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.

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