Dhaka Nagar Paribahan launches special bus service

The picture shows a bus of the Dhaka Nagar Paribahan service, Sunday December 26, 2021 Bangla Tribune

The number of buses on the route will subsequently be increased to 100

Dhaka’s high-profile service Nagar Paribahan finally started operations with 50 buses, six years after the franchise model launched.

The service was launched on a trial basis from Ghatarchar to Kanchpur on Sunday in an attempt to discipline the capital’s transportation system.

Of the 50 buses, 20 come from a private company called Trans Silva, which will operate under an agreement with the relevant authorities.

The number of buses on the route will subsequently be increased to 100.

According to the officials concerned, the price of the bus under the new service is 2.15 Tk per kilometer. Drivers will wear a green uniform and passengers can take advantage of an electronic ticketing system.

Annisul Huq, the former mayor of Dhaka, proposed the bus franchise system in 2015. He wanted to create a fleet of 4,000 buses under the new system.

The Bus Line Rationalization Committee (BRRC) had to change the franchise model due to the reluctance of most private bus operators.

As a result, the BRRC started the test route with predominantly red double-decker buses from the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), although the route is under the green cluster.

The head of the ROCB and mayor of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, presided over the inauguration ceremony of the service in the Mohammadpur area in Dhaka.

The Minister of Road Transport and Bridges, Obaidul Quader, in his remarks as the main guest, said that the government has developed road infrastructure with megaprojects but the population has not benefited due to a lack of discipline.

“Such indiscipline not only causes accidents but also traffic jams,” said the minister, attending the ceremony by videoconference from the Secretariat.

The new initiative by the mayors of Dhaka would improve discipline in the transport system, Quader said optimistically.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Md Atiqul Islam, said franchising bus lines was a difficult issue but not impossible if everyone worked in close coordination.

“Unhealthy competition is observed between buses of different companies due to the lack of a well-planned transport system, which causes both minor and major accidents. We must therefore restore discipline in the transport system, ”he added.

The mayor of the DNCC also warned against strict measures against anyone breaking traffic rules.

After the death of the former mayor of the DNCC, responsibility was transferred to the mayor of the DSCC, Sayeed Khokon. The ROCB, formed under his leadership, held 11 meetings but failed to restore discipline.

Khokon was later replaced by Taposh. He announced a new start and organized a series of meetings to start the new service.

Melvin Z. Madore