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Owners, workers preparing to restart public transport

 Salah Uddin Chowdhury daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:37 PM, 28 May 2020  

Owners, workers preparing to restart public transport

Owners, workers preparing to restart public transport

After being closed for more than two months, public transport is going to restart from Sunday. The message was known on Wednesday night. Immediately after receiving the news public transport owners and workers have started the overall preparation including bus washing and cleaning.

Our correspondent reported this after visiting Capital's Jatrabari, Postagola, Gulistan and Saidabad bus terminals on Thursday morning. 

Maqsood Alak Babu, a bus driver of Rawda Paribahan told Daily Bangladesh that his bus owner informed him at night that the bus service would restart. Then in the morning, he started wiping the bus with the helper. He also restarts the engine.

He is very happy to be able to restart the engine after a long time. However, he said he is not yet sure what damage is done to the vehicle as the bus was stopped for many days.

Shyamali Paribahan staff Nishan said he had heard about the restart of public buses. Although the owner has not informed them yet. However, he and a few others washed their bus at noon. He also cleaned the inside of the bus. However, as it was closed for many days, a lot of dirt had accumulated inside the bus. The seat cover and curtain of the bus have become untidiness. If these are not cleaned well, the passengers will get angry.

Anis, a staff of Dishari Paribahan, was painting a car in Jatrabari. When asked, he said, we will restart the bus after many days. Rings, bumpers and many other parts have lost their colour. So I'm painting those.

Muminul Alam, a bus driver of Anabil Paribahan, was repairing down part of a bus said, as the car has been closed for a long time, I am checking it with a mechanic on the instructions of the owner to know the condition of the car. However, if the bus does not run on the road, the exact condition of the vehicle will not be understood.

Faruk Hossain, general secretary of the Bahadur Shah Paribahan Malik Samiti on Sadarghat to Postagola route said they had asked the drivers and helpers to come to Dhaka after hearing about the decision to restart of public transport. Some of those who were in Dhaka came to the terminal in the morning. Many have also done the minor repairing tasks of the car. However, most of the car repair mechanics are out of Dhaka and now they are not able to do any major work on the car.

He added that the public vehicles staffs are passing times with many difficulties. So they are ready to drive at risk. He also said that the decision to restart public transports have revived the enthusiasm among the drivers and staff.