A special bus service was launched for the students in Chattogram city on Saturday.
Deputy minister for education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury inaugurated the service at M A Aziz Stadium.
Deputy commissioner Elius Hossain and GPH Ispat Limited additional managing director Almas Shimul also spoke, among others, at the ceremony.
During the safe road movement of 2018, the students of Chattogram demanded separate bus service for them. As per their demand, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on April 15 of 2019 ordered allocating 10 buses.
Students Bus Management Committee Chairman Md Abu Hasan Siddiqui, also additional deputy commissioner (education and ICT), said that the buses would provide service to the students from Sunday morning at 6:10am.
He said that now students in uniform can travel in the buses paying Tk 5 only for any distance of the routes showing their identity cards.
A total 10 buses are available in two shifts — morning and afternoon — on two routes of the port city for the students.
Each bus has four CCTV cameras monitored by Chattogram district administration.
GPH Ispat Limited is the maintenance sponsor of the buses, said the ADC.
Among the 10 buses, five to ply on Bahoddarhat-Badurtola-Muradpur-Chawkbazar-Goni Bakery-Jamal Khan-Cehragi Pahar-Anderkillah-Kotowali-New Market route. In the same way, the buses will return from
New Market in the afternoon touching all the points, and end up at Bahoddarhat.
The other five buses will move from Oxygen Moar and touch Muradpur, Sholoshahor Gate 2, GEC, WASA, Tigerpass and Agrabad. In the same way, the buses will be back to Oxygen from Agrabad.
Each of the double decker bus has 73 seats.
The boys would go to the upper floor of the bus and girls would seat on the lower floor.
There will be no bus fare collector. Students are to drop the fare in a box named, ‘Satota Box’ which are kept by the front door and backdoor of the buses.
Though the approximate cost of the service would be Tk 9.30 lakh, the income would be only Tk 4 lakh.
On June 26, 2019, a view exchange meeting was held at Chattogram deputy commissioner’s office about the fare and maintenance where the DC office urged to donate Tk 10 lakh. A five member committee was formed to monitor the bus service.
Guardians also expressed t5ahier happiness for the government initiatives as most of the city schools, colleges and madrasshas lack their own transport facilities.
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