Prime minister Sheikh Hasina had given 10 double-deckers to Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation, Chattogram depot as a gift with an aim to ease the transportation of the students in the port city.
These buses would ply in the morning and evening shifts on two city routes and were expected to start their services from January 20 next, BRTC sources said.
All categories of students including government, private school, college and madrasha would have the opportunities to board the buses with a minimum charge of Tk 5 each for any destination.
Bus fares would be collected by an exclusive way through dropping in ‘Satata Box’ placed in front and back sides of the bus and every student would drop their fares by own initiatives in the box.
After the introduction of these school buses, the sufferings of the students, transportation costs and dependence on public transport would ease to maximum extents, locals said.
Deputy commissioner of Chattogram Mohammad Ilias Hossain said that prime minister had presented 10 double-decker buses for the students and the PM was expected to inaugurate the service through video conference very soon.
No 1 route of these buses would start from Bahaddarhat to New Market via Badurtala, Muradpur, Chawkbazar, Goni Bakery, Jamal Khan, Cheragi Pahar, Anderkilla and Kotwali area. And the No 2 route buses would commence from Oxygen to Agrabad through Muradpur, GEC crossing, WASA crossing and Tigerpass.
BRTC sources said Tk 4 lakh fares were expected to be collected from the students but the estimated cost of expenditure for these buses was about Tk 9 lakh per month.
It was learnt to fill up the deficit in running these buses, a deal was signed for 2 years with the GPH Isphat Limited for advertisement package of Tk 1.20 crore per year.
Depot manager of BRTC, Chattogram MJ Rahman and additional managing director of GPH Mohammad Almas Shimul had signed the deal in the meantime.
BRTC depot sources said the morning shift buses would start from 6.15pm to 12.15pm and the evening shift buses would began from 4:00pm to 5:00pm every day except on holidays.
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