Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation yesterday launched bus service for school and madrasa students in the port city.
Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury inaugurated the service at a programme organised by the Chattogram district administration at MA Aziz Stadium gymnasium.
Only school and madrasa students can travel on the buses to and from their educational institutions. Ten buses operate on two routes in the city in the morning and afternoon.
For travelling on the buses, a student has to pay Tk 5 for each trip, said BRTC officials, adding that there are two boxes on each end of the buses, called honesty boxes. Students are to give their bus fare in the boxes.
To avail the service, students have to show their identity cards of their respective institutions to driver’s assistants.
Route number two is from Agrabad to Oxygen via Muradpur, Sholashahar Gate-2, GEC Intersection, Wasa Intersection, Tiger Pass, Dewan Hat, and Chowmuhani and back.
On route two, the first bus departs from Oxygen at 6:10am and the second one at 6:15am. At the same time, two buses leave from Agrabad. Four buses, two from Oxygen and two from Agrabad, leave at 11:00am.
Route number one is from Bahaddarhat to New Market via Baduratala, Muradpur, Chawkbazar, Gani Bakery, Jamalkhan, Cheragi Pahar, Nandankanan, and Amtal and back.
The first bus on route one departs from New Market at 11:30am and the second bus at noon. At that time, two buses leave Bahaddarhat.
In the afternoon, there are buses from each end on both routes at 5:15pm and 5:30pm, BRTC officials said.
GPH Ispat sponsors all the buses contributing Tk 5 lakh to the BRTC a month, added the officials.
Deputy Commissioner of Chattogram Elias Hossain and GPH Ispat Additional Managing Director Almas Shimul were, among others, present on the occasion.