Public transport service resumes
Published: 10:22 AM, 7 April 2021 Updated: 02:11 PM, 7 April 2021
After being shut down for two days, the public transport services within metropolitan areas including the capital Dhaka have resumed from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on Wednesday with the increased fare keeping 50 percent of seats vacant.
The public transport has been shut down since the start of a week-long lockdown announced by the government on Monday, April 5.
Earlier, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) on Tuesday night issued a revised gazette notification over banning the public transport movement.
The agency’s director (engineer) Shitangshu Shekhar Biswas said in a statement that the ban on public transport in the city corporation area has been relaxed from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm from Wednesday until further notice.
Earlier, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said in a press briefing that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had reconsidered and approved the issue of public transport movements “with conditions”, taking into account the suffering of the public amid the lockdown situation.
He further said that only Dhaka and Chattogram metropolitan areas including Gazipur, Narayanganj, Cumilla, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Barishal, Rangpur and Mymensingh city corporations will be able to operate public transport from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm with 50 percent seats vacant.
Earlier on March 31, public transport started with half of the passengers at 60 percent increased fares.