Passengers in Bangladesh heaved a sigh of relief as inter-district bus, train and launch services resumed at half of capacity on Monday, 59 days after the suspension amid the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country.
The resumption of public transport services has also brought smiles to the faces of transport workers and their owners as they remained idle for about two months with many of them losing jobs during the period.
Twenty-eight pairs of intercity trains resumed their services at half of the capacity, maintaining health guidelines after around two months, said Bangladesh Railway officials.
The train services in the country were suspended on April 5 as part of the government restrictions on people’s movement to stem the coronavirus transmission.
The authorities concerned have been asked to keep half of the train seats vacant for ensuring social distance, said a handout issued by the Railways Ministry on Sunday.