Bus route rationalization
10 new bus terminals at entrance of Dhaka
Published: 11:32 AM, 30 November 2020 Updated: 06:54 PM, 30 November 2020
The Bus Route Rationalization Committee has proposed to build 10 terminals in Dhaka's border areas to reduce traffic congestion in the capital. The Committee expressed hope that the initiative will restore discipline in the city's public transport system as well as reduce traffic congestion.
The committee said that if the project is implemented, inter-district buses will not be allowed to enter the capital. The buses will stop at the designated bus terminal for passengers to get off and leave for their scheduled destination.
According to the Bus Route Rationalization Committee, the terminals at Sayedabad, Mohakhali and Gabtali have a capacity of parking 1,500 buses. But now 9,298 buses are kept in these terminals every day. Several thousand more buses are parked on different roads of the city.
The committee said that this is a major cause of traffic congestion in the capital. To get rid of the problem, 10 more new terminals have been proposed to build in the border areas of Dhaka city.
These are - Kanchpur North (15.46 acres), Kanchpur South (27.71 acres), Baghair in Keraniganj (33.63 acres), Hemayetpur in Savar (36.50 acres), Birulia (14.53 acres), Gazipur (11.70 acres), Nabinagar-Chandra road Bypile (40.40 acres), Kanchan area (24.24 acres), Atibazar's Bhawal (25.78 acres) and Bhulta (24.22 acres).
Meanwhile, public transport experts said that it is important to ensure proper use of the project rather than infrastructural development. In particular, the police administration and the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) have to play a leading role in this regard. Besides, whether the buses are running properly or not, whether the passengers are getting service or not, these issues have to be monitored.
On September 9, 2016, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formed a 10-member committee for bus route rationalisation to reduce traffic congestion in the Dhaka metropolis. The convener of the committee was the then Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Sayeed Khokon.
A report was submitted at the 13th meeting of the committee at Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Nagar Bhaban on November 10 this year. In the report, 10 new bus terminals have been proposed to build.