Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority has proposed to start bus services on two circular routes at Uttara in the capital on a trial basis to ease traffic congestion and accidents, officials have said.
As per a request from the DTCA, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation has planned to start running four minibuses on the proposed routes within a month.
The proposal has been made to facilitate comfortable journey between sectors on the east and west sides of Dhaka-Mymensingh national highway.
BRTC chairman Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan has told New Age that they are working to put within a month minibuses on these routes as some of the roads are too small for big buses.
Uttara residents, especially students, sufferer as it is very difficult for them to cross the busy highway where rickshaws are not allowed, DTCA executive director Syed Ahmed points out.
Moreover, rickshaw journey is risky, expensive and lengthy for Uttara areas while human haulers are very uncomfortable for elderly people and women, it has been observed at a meeting held recently.
At the meeting, held on December 27, the DTCA proposed two circular routes of 20 kilometres where decision was made to run BRTC minibuses on these routes on a trial basis.
One of the routes runs like this — Uttara sector 18 (Uttara Apartment Project 3rd phase)-Bottala Crossing-Dia Bari Crossing-Khal Par-House Building-Sector 6-Sector 4-Jashim Uddin Road-Sector 3-Sector-14-Sector12-Khal Par-Dia Bari Crossing-Bottala Crossing- Uttara Sector 18.
The other circular route runs like this — Uttara Sector 18 (Uttara Apartment Project 3rd phase)-Bottala Crossing-Dia Bari Crossing-Khal Par-Sector 12-Gausul Azam-Sector 3-Jashimuddin Road-Sector 4-Sector 6-House Building-Sector 11-Sector 12-Khal Par-Dia Bari Crossing-Bottala Crossing-Uttara Sector 18.
Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan said that the 32-seat (including one driver seat) Ashok Leyland minibuses were imported from India in 2006 which were earlier under heavy maintenance.
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Dhaka division deputy director (engineering) Md Masud Alam said buses with total 31 seats (including driver’s seat) were designated as minibuses.
Moreover, in the December meeting, decision was made to urge Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha to widen about 1.5 km road between Jashim Uddin road and Uttara Apartment Project area to complete the circular route.
Rajuk town planner (town planning and implementation) Md Sirajul Islam has told New Age that they will complete the road before settlement development.
But it would take time, he added.
Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh secretary general Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury expressed doubt over the implementation and success of the proposal.
‘In the past we have seen that whenever BRTC tried to start its service in the capital or other parts of the country, they faced obstacles from private owners,’ he added.
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