Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said that the strict lockdown has been relaxed for the sake people’s lives and livelihoods, but it may be re-imposed if Covid situation worsens.
He was speaking at the signing of an agreement between the Department of Roads and Highways (DRH) and a construction company at the DRH office.
Quader said the fare in the public transport will be the same as before the pandemic and not the recently increased fare as they will run on full passenger capacity.
The minister said both passengers and bus workers must follow hygiene and health rules and wear masks. He urged the BRTA to take necessary steps in this regard.
He urged the engineers to maintain quality in road construction. He also called for restoring discipline on roads and highways.
Quader, also the general secretary of Awami League, trashed BNP’s criticism of government’s mass vaccination campaign.
The people have responded spontaneously to the vaccination, he said adding this is causing heartburns of BNP leaders.
He urged the BNP to learn from the welfare-oriented politics of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her deep commitment to the people. However, the truth is that this party has never learnt from history, he said.
Secretary of Roads and Highways Department Nazrul Islam, Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Department, Project Director of the project Abdullah Al Mamun and other officials of the construction company were present at the signing ceremony.