The much-awaited trial run of a new city bus service in a small corridor of Dhaka will begin on December 1, under an ambitious project that aims to eventually put in place an effective public transport system in and around the capital.
In fact, Dhaka and its outskirts today account for more private vehicles than any other city in Bangladesh. The reason behind this unbridled rise in the number of private vehicles can be attributed to the lack of a robust public transport system. Also, most of the buses that ply in Dhaka are "unfit".
All that's going to change eventually, if the two city corporation's bus route rationalisation programme under the name of 'Dhaka Nagar Paribahan' tastes success in the trial run on a 21km route -- from Ghatarchar in Keraniganj to Kanchpur.
Dhaka South City Corporation's (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh announced the date of the trial run at a media briefing on Tuesday, following the 18th meeting of the Bus Route Rationalisation Committee (BRRC) at Nagar Bhaban.
“We held our first meeting on October 6 last year after assuming charge. We have been working relentlessly for the last one year in order to bring discipline on the city roads. The implementation of the city bus route rationalisation was very tough," he said.
"Today, I am able to give you a date. The buses will run between the pilot route of Ghatarchar to Kanchpur under the new process and it will be able to give standard services to people," the Mayor added.