The test run of bus operation on Ghatarchar-Kanchpur route, one of the newly-arranged 42 routes to bring discipline back to the capital’s chaotic roads, will now begin on December 1, said Bus Route Rationalisation Committee (BRRC) on Tuesday.
BRRC Convener and Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said, “We will start the trial run with 120 new buses on December 1. We will provide quality services for passengers under the new system.”
On September 9, 2018, the government formed the BRRC to bring buses under a few franchise companies, making DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh the convener of the body.
BRRC re-arranged the bus routes in Dhaka, selected nine clusters and 42 bus routes and decided to bring buses under the ownership of 22 franchises in order to end the unhealthy competition among buses.
Taposh said, “We will not allow any old buses on the route. We’ll withhold the buses from roads that were purchased before January 2019. We will also add some new buses.”
The DSCC Mayor further said that Bangladesh Bank has completed all the processes for disbursing Tk 100 crore as soft loans to bus owners. “The Bangladesh Bank is ready for providing the loan. But now it’s not necessary for bus owners, but if necessary they can apply. The money will be used for development in the next phases,” he said.
“We will run these buses under a joint venture agreement which will be finalised by December 1. We will bring owners of buses of the route under an institution. When the work of other clusters will be completed, we’ll bring owners of all buses running on different routes under an umbrella company,” Taposh said.
Speaking on the occasion, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam said that they would choose design and colour of new buses.
“Some designs will be submitted by October 14. We will finalise it by October 20,” Atiqul said.
He said that they are building necessary traffic infrastructure for the route.
“Along the new route, we’ll erect more than 40 bus shelters and 16 bus bays. We can’t enhance the number due to space constraints. Bus drivers and conductors will be given a special uniform,” said Atiqul.