Bus Route Rationalisation

Decisions remain only on paper

Rashidul Hasan

1 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Most decisions taken by the bus route rationalisation committee have remained stuck as their activities have been suspended for the last 10 months.

Sources said the committee held a series of meetings and took decisions on different issue, including launching e-ticketing system, bus stoppages and circular bus service, introducing five colours bus on city roads and construction of passenger sheds and bus stoppages.

But, the decision on launching e-ticketing system, bus bays, stoppage and introducing five colours could not be implemented since the last meeting of the committee was held in December last year.

The committee also decided that they will fix bus routes by March.

On 21 May, 2019, the committee decided that no public transport can be operated in the capital without a ticket system.

But no decision could be implemented due to indifference of the committee.

Talking to the daily sun, public transport expert and a committee member Dr SM Saleh Uddin said, “Although many of the decisions could not be implemented but we carried out our meetings and work through teleconferences. We have progressed a long way theoretically which may be deviated 20 percent when we will implement it. “ 

“Due to lockdown during Covid-19 and the election of city mayors, we could not work physically. But our subcommittees worked under the leadership of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority.  We will start our pilot operation of buses on Ghatarchar-Narayanganj route.” he also said.

“Number and places of bus route, bays, stations, ticket counter and other works have been completed. Now we will implement it,” he added.

Asked he also said that the pilot project will be started with old buses instead of new.

DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Nur Taposh, also convener of the committee, said, “The responsibility for implementation of the decisions of the committee is rested on Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Authorities that work under road and bridges ministry.”

“If the decisions of the committee are implemented properly, the venture would be proved ineffective. Dhaka city corporations cannot play effective role  if the full responsibility is not given to DSCC and DNCC,” Taposh added.

“Being mayor of DSCC I am the chairman of the committee but we could not hold any meeting after the election. We will hold a meeting of the committee soon,” he also said.

DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam said, “The implementation of bus service franchise should be under our control and get an effective result for city dwellers. If needed, we will share expertise with our experts on the sector.”

The DNCC mayor said that he will extend his full cooperation to the committee.

DSCC public relation officer Abu Nasher said that the committee will hold the first meeting on October 6 after new DSCC mayor assumed office.

On September 9, 2018, the government formed a 10-member coordination committee with DSCC mayor as the convener and panel mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation as the joint convener.

Other members of the committee are chairman of Bangladesh Roads Transport Authority, chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation, chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner, public transport expert Dr SM Saleh Uddin, secretary general of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners' Association, president of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers' Federation and executive director of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority.