Dhaka south city mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon said on Monday that he would bring city public transports under a few companies to restore discipline to the sector in two years.
The mayor came up with the announcement at a press conference at Nagarbhaban after the government formed a 10-member coordination committee on Sunday for bus route rationalisation and bringing all public buses under a fixed number of companies.
Convener of the committee Khokon said that the committee would work based on the initiative taken by the late Dhaka north city mayor Annisul Huq.
He sought cooperation of all quarters including passengers, transport workers and bus owners for a safe and comfortable public transport in the capital.
The committee would sit in its first meeting in the last week of this month, he said.
Local Government Division released a gazette notification on Sunday, announcing Dhaka south city mayor Sayeed Khokon as convener, panel mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Jamal Mostafa as joint convener and executive director of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority as member secretary of the committee.
Khokon said they would need 4,500 more buses for city commuters. The government formerly took several initiatives for better public transport service but failed under pressure from owners’ syndicates.
The mayor said that it was state responsibility to ensure public-oriented traffic management breaking monopoly of any syndicate.
He also said they had no plan of controlling private transport for reducing traffic jam.
‘We will not allow any haphazard parking and unlicensed drivers on the roads anymore,’ he stressed.
Other members on the committee are Bangladesh Roads Transport Authority chairman, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation chairman, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha chairman, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner, public transport expert SM Saleh Uddin, Bangladesh Road Transport Owners’ Association secretary general and Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation president.
DTCA executive director Khandakar Rakibur Rahman and DSCC executive officer Khan Mohammad Bilal, among others, were present at the event.
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