Kanchpur-Ghatarchar route: Taposh says buses to run under one company from Sep 7
Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh today said buses will run under a single company on the proposed Kanchpur Bridge-Ghatarchar pilot route in Dhaka from September 7.
Earlier, the mayor had announced to run 155 buses on the route on a pilot basis from April 1.
"We could not implement the earlier decision due to the coronavirus situation," said Taposh, chief of a committee for bus route rationalisation, after the 17th meeting of the committee at the Nagar Bhaban.
Taposh said he and Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam have already visited Ghatarchar and selected 12 bighas of land to set up bus depot.
The depot will be constructed on acquired land and the process will start shortly, he said.
He further said initiatives have been taken to construct passengers-shed on the route as well.
He said they have already finalised the draft of the contract with the owners, who will run the bus, and also prepared a guideline in this regard.
The mayor said they will sign the contract on July 29. The decisions have been taken following discussion with bus owners and experts.
On the issue of four terminals, the mayor said they have taken initiative to construct bus terminals at Hemayetpur, Vaturia, Keraniganj and Kanchpur and a report by experts has already been submitted so that these activities can be done swiftly, he said.
Bangladesh Bank has allocated Tk 100 crore for the buses of these companies.
DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam, who also attended the meeting, said 1,646 buses in Dhaka are now running without any route permit which creates traffic congestion in Dhaka.
Two city corporations and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority will conduct a joint drive against those buses from July, he said.