All the passenger buses with 100 percent capacity started running on the city streets from Thursday morning as the government has taken a move to bring back normalcy.
Transport workers are running their vehicles on the roads with full capacity maintaining the government declared health guidelines, a transport leader said.
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has issued a notification with some instructions regarding 100 percent public transport on the road.
The instructions signed by Shitangshu Shekhar Biswas, director (engineering) of the company, include the orders that no passengers can be transported in excess of the number of seats and no standing passengers can be carried.
Public transport will continue at the previous fare (60 percent increased fare will not be applicable).
Passengers of public transport, drivers, supervisors/conductors, helper-cum-cleaners and persons in charge of ticket sales outlets should ensure the wearing/use of masks and necessary hand sanitisers for them.
At the beginning and end of the journey, vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected with disinfectant. In addition, the owner of the vehicle should spray disinfectant on the handbags and luggage of the passengers.
Besides, the services of all public transport on roads, railways and waterways started from Thursday maintaining health guidelines.
On Thursday last, the cabinet division issued a notification in this regard.
Meanwhile, commuters witnessed huge traffic congestion at different city streets on Thursday as public transport started plying the roads and all offices, shops and markets reopened on Wednesday. Police said people in large number coming out of their residences rushed towards streets, footpaths and kitchen markets ignoring health guidelines. People without masks were found travelling on footpaths, shopping malls, kitchen markets and even small vehicles in busy areas in the capital and outside on Thursday.
Massive traffic congestion was seen in most of the city streets, including Farmgate-Airport Road, Newmarket-Mirpur road, Paltan-Shahbagh, Gulistan Malibagh, Jatrabari-Malibagh and Malibagh Badda-Uttara road on Thursday.
Besides, a large crowd of people and vehicles were seen at Shimulia in Munshiganj and Paturia in Manikganj ferry terminals on Thursday.
Huge traffic congestion was also seen in and around Kamalapur railway station as train service resumed with 100 percent passenger capacity.
Public transport services resumed across the country on August 11 after the government lifted the restriction.
Abu Raihan Mohammad Saleh, joint commissioner (traffic north) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said, “As soon as the lockdown restrictions were lifted, people and motor vehicles in large number took to the city streets creating huge traffic congestion. But, our forces are working hard to tackle the nagging traffic situation.”
The government relaxed the strict lockdown from August 11, allowing public transports, all government and non-government offices, shopping malls, factories, markets, restaurants and hotels to reopen across the country. Earlier, considering the current worsening situation of coronavirus across the country, the government had decided to extend the nationwide strict lockdown till August 10.
The government enforced a 14 days strict lockdown from July 1 which was eased for eight days ahead of Eid.
The strict lockdown, however, was imposed again on July 23 for two weeks.
However, the government allowed reopening all export-oriented factories, including the readymade garment sector, from August 1 amid the strict lockdown.