A circular bus service will begin in Dhanmondi-New Market-Azimpur route from March 26, said Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon yesterday.
The service will run with some 25 air-conditioned BRTC buses initially, which will take and drop passengers from 36 points on a circular route, said the mayor after holding the fourth meeting of Bus Route Rationalisation committee, formed to bring city bus service under discipline.
The decision comes at a time when students of the capital are staging demonstrations demanding justice to one of their fellows killed in a road crash near Basundhara residential area on March 19.
Sayeed Khokon said buses will be available every five minutes, and no bus will be allowed to stay at a stoppage more than a certain time.
“Makeshift bus counters will be set up at the 36 points,” he said.
The mayor said bus owners have been asked to withdraw all rundown buses from the route before the service begins.
The bus route will circulate from Katabon-Nilkhet to New Market-Azimpur, via Science Laboratory, Dhaka College, Dhanmondi Road-2, Satmasjid Road, Dhanmondi-27, Palashi and New Elephant Road.
Similar bus services in Motijheel and Uttara will also be introduced shortly, the mayor said, adding that they will discuss it in their next meeting.
Sayeed Khokon said they also decided to arrange training for drivers. Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) will provide land to Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) for this purpose, and DTCA will arrange the training with assistance of bus owners' association.
About bus route rationalisation and bringing the total bus service under six companies, the mayor said they are working on it and it will take time.