Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Wish Dhaka Nagar Paribahan a success

At last, a dream of city planners comes true. With the hope of streamlining the capital's public transport system and providing better bus services to the city dwellers, the bus route rationalisation initiative, Dhaka Nagar Paribahan started its pilot operation from Ghatarchar in Keraniganj to Kanchpur in Narayanganj yesterday. Though initially 120 buses were supposed to ply the road, the pilot operation started with 50 buses, including 30 double-decker buses of BRTC. The number of buses will be 100 within a couple of months. We hope the initiative will get great success.

Given the chaotic public transport system and traffic jams in the capital, developing a better service has been in extreme demand. For, the city planners planned for the bus franchise system back in 2004. The initiatives got momentum when the late mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Huq planned to implement the system. Unfortunately, the process got stuck with his death. Overcoming the pandemic and many other obstacles, the long-awaited initiative has finally been launched.

With the inauguration of the pilot route, many new rules and regulations have been introduced to discipline bus services in the country. Though the new bus service will not have all its features initially, passengers are likely to get a new experience. The buses will pick up or drop passengers from 50 specific stoppages. The buses will be running with an interval of 05 minutes during peak hours (6-11 am and 4-10 pm) and 10 minutes during off-peak hours. Bus waiting time at the stop has been fixed at two minutes. Instead of a trip-basis contract, the drivers having valid licenses will get an appointment for a year.

If all these rules and regulations are followed, passengers will be relieved of the agony to a great extent. However, there are still some challenges, including the construction of necessary infrastructures, which should be overcome to make other bus owners interested in the system. We hope that the authorities concerned will be successful in this pilot project and introduce the system to the entire city gradually within the quickest possible time.