Dhaka will soon receive 225 buses on 3 new routes
The bus line rationalization committee (BRR) has decided to operate 225 additional buses on three new lines in the capital.
All preparations will be completed within 90 days, the committee decided during its 22nd meeting at Buriganga Hall in Nagar Bhaban, the headquarters of Dhaka South City Corporation, on Tuesday.
The Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, Md Atiqul Islam, and the lawyer for the Mayor of Dhaka South, Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh briefed the media after the meeting.
The new services under the Nagar Paribahan will be launched soon. The two municipal corporations will issue notices requesting applications to operate buses on lines 22, 23 and 26, the mayors said.
Among the new buses, 50 will run on line 22, 100 on line 23 and 75 on line 26.
The new Route 22 will cover the areas of Ghatarchar, Basila, Asadgate, Farmgate, Shahbagh, Paltan, Sultana Kamal Bridge while Route 23 will cover the areas of Ghatarchar, Basila, Asad Gate, Science Lab, Shahbagh, Paltan, Kamalapur and Kanchpur.
Route 26 will cover the areas of Ghatarchar, Basila, Asad Gate, Kalabagan, Azimpur, Polashi, Chankharpool, Mayor Mohammed Hanif Flyover, Postagola and Kadamtali.
Taposh said: “On December 26 last year, we successfully launched the BRR Experimental Route 21 which connects Ghatarchar from Keraniganj to Kanchpur. We were 100% successful in this approach and the passengers received it well. .”
Within 90 days, bus owners will be notified to apply to operate buses on the three new routes. However, buses must be built after 2019 or new. Upon receipt of applications, we will make further decisions after consideration by the joint committee, he said.
“We have four bus terminals for long haul buses. We are going to expand these terminals and another bus depot and terminal will be built at Ghatarchar where inter-district buses will stop. Passengers will get off at this terminal and pick up the buses from Nagar Paribahan to different places in Dhaka,” Taposh added.
DNCC Mayor Md Atiqul Islam said, “We will run Nagar Paribahan’s services in the northern and southern territories of Dhaka. We are moving forward with the intention of completing ancillary works, including the construction of passenger shelters.
Hoping to provide safe and comfortable bus service to city dwellers, Atiqul Islam said, “We are also emphasizing modernization of bus service and control of private cars. We want to make buses safer and reduce unhealthy competition between buses.