No entry of inter-dist buses into capital proposed

Staff Correspondent

11 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The committee for the bus route rationalisation has proposed that inter-district buses should not be allowed to enter the capital in order to ease traffic congestions.

They have also proposed setting up an inter-district bus terminal outside the capital.

The committee has proposed operating city buses on 42 cluster routes in the capital under 22 companies to bring discipline on roads. The committee submitted the proposal at the 13rd meeting of the committee at DSCC Nagar Bhaban on Tuesday. Speaking at the meeting, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said, “Now in the city bus services, there have 291 routes and 2,500 bus owners. A primary proposal has been made to incorporate the bus services under 42 cluster routes and 22 companies.”

If this proposal is implemented, bus owners can be shareholders of the companies, he added.

He further said, “As per decision of the bus route rationalization committee, we won’t allow inter-district bus services in Dhaka metropolitan area.”

“They will unload passenger bus terminals outside the city and be bound to their destination. City bound passengers can use city bus services from the terminal to reach their respective destination.”

The mayor said they are also thinking about setting up an inter-district bus terminal to ease traffic congestion as Sayedabad, Gabtoli and Mohakhali bus terminals in the capital have failed to accommodate all buses.

Taposh, also convener of the committee, directed its members to specify the proposed cluster routes.

The activities of bus route rationalisation will be visible by next year.