Buses plying in capital’s intercity roads too
Published: 12:53 PM, 1 August 2021 Updated: 01:40 PM, 1 August 2021
Public transport were seen plying on the intercity roads in the capital since Sunday morning; Photo: Collected
To facilitate the arrival of workers in export-oriented industries in Dhaka, the government has suddenly allowed public transport to ply for a few hours. This was allowed to reduce the suffering of workers returning to Dhaka from different parts of the country. However, public transport has been plying on the intercity roads in the capital since Sunday morning.
Speaking to several transport workers in the capital’s Abdullahpur, Gulistan, Jatrabari and Mirpur on Sunday morning, it was learned that the number of passengers was low. A few buses have been operating with few passengers on all the internal routes in the capital.
At the bus stand in Abdullahpur, a few buses of Paristhan Paribahan running on the Mohammadpur route were seen standing. A bus was halting for a long time due to a lack of passengers.
Although there were hundreds of buses on this route, only a few buses have been operating. The buses will run till 12 pm. However, there are not many passengers, said a Paristhan Paribahan bus driver Md. Idris Mia.
Besides, several buses of Airport-Gulistan Paribahan, Raida, Akash, Azmeri Glory and Turag Paribahan were seen plying on this route. However, not every bus saw so many passengers.
The government has been trying to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country for the past few months by imposing restrictions. Restrictions were relaxed for eight days ahead of Eid al-Azha. After that, on July 23, the government imposed strict restrictions from 6 am to 14 days. The ban will remain in place until midnight on August 5.
All types of public transport, government and private offices were closed due to this restriction. All industries except food processing, leather transport and pharmaceutical were closed.
The government has opened export-oriented factories from Sunday (August 1) amid strict restrictions. After this announcement, the Dhaka-bound people flocked on Saturday. As public transport was closed, workers were returning to work to endure endless suffering.
According to an official statement on Saturday night, the government has decided to keep public transport open till 12 pm on August 1 to facilitate the workers and those involved in the export-oriented industry to join the workplace.