Bus movement under new system
Published: 04:00 PM, 1 June 2020 Updated: 06:38 PM, 1 June 2020
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The bus movement in the capital has started after being shut down for a long time, as a result, liveliness in the streets has started to return. Passengers and driver-helpers have been seen to abide by the hygiene rules on the first day of the bus service under new rules to a limited extent.
The driver-helpers are carrying passengers keeping half the seats of the bus empty. Even almost all of the driver-helpers and passengers were seen wearing masks However, not all bus driver-helpers were seen wearing PPE. Traffic police activity has been noticed on the roads to comply with the hygiene rules.
However, the passengers were a little upset with the extra fare. Meanwhile, drivers and helpers were relieved as the bus service started after a long time.
Such images were seen in the capital’s Sayedabad, Golapbag, Motijheel, Maniknagar, and Jatrabari areas on Monday morning.
Ibrahim, a bus driver of Rawda Paribahan in Golapbag, said they were seating one passenger in each of the two seats. Therefore, the fare has to be increased. However, there is no dissatisfaction among the passengers, he said.
It has been seen on the spot that in some buses, the helper is giving hand sanitizer to the passengers as soon as they get on the bus. Some bus drivers-helpers said that even though they were given PPE, they took off as it was difficult to wear for a long time due to heat.
Monir, a passenger, was waiting for a bus from Golapbag to Bashabo. When the bus arrives, he asked the contractor about the amount of the fare – later he replied, “Tk 25”.
Expressing dissatisfaction about the fare, he did not get on the bus. “If the fare for 1-1.5 km is so much, then how will we move,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gias Uddin, a ticket seller at the Hanif Paribahan counter in Sayedabad, said, “I was at home unemployed as the bus was shit down for a long time. There was no income earned. Now I am relieved that the bus service has started. Although there are health risks. But there is nothing to do.”
It is learned that the bus fare from Sayedabad to Rampura is Tk 40. Where Dhaka to Chattogram fare was Tk 480, there it is now Tk 800. Kishoreganj’s fare was Tk 220, now it is Tk 350. In this way, the bus is running with 60 percent extra fare for each route.
Meanwhile, the traffic police have also been seen to be quite active on the road for bus movement in compliance with the hygiene rules. Passengers are being evacuated when there is crowding to get on the bus. Miking is also being done.