Dhaka, Bangladesh
Call to ensure safety for Eid holiday-makers

Call to ensure safety for Eid holiday-makers

News Report The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges on Thursday recommended the ministry to take necessary measures for ensuring safe travel of homebound passengers and reducing traffic jam on the highways during the holy Eid-Ul-Fitr. The committee also suggested that the ministry should take necessary steps to remove the electric pillars and the speed breakers along the highways. The recommendations were made during the first meeting of this standing committee held at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban with its chairman M Ekabbor Hossain in the chair, says a press release. The meeting discussed in details overall activities of the road transport and highways division and the bridges division. The meeting was informed that the overall physical progress of the Padma Multipurpose bridge project was sixty seven percent till April this year. At the very outset of the meeting, a munazat was offer seeking full recovery of road transport and bridges minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader. Committee members Enamul Hoque, M Hasibur Rahman Shwapon, M Abu Jahir, M Salimuddin Tarafder, Syed Abu Hossain and Rabeya Alim were present at the meeting. A BSS report adds: Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will start selling of advance tickets from May 20 along with launching 'Eid Special Service' from May 27 to ensure safe journey for the homebound people. "BRTC will start selling of advance tickets on May 20 for Eid holidaymakers from its different depots, including Motijheel, Joarsahara, Kalayanpur, Gabtoli, Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Jatrabari, Gazipur and Narayanganj," said BRTC chairman Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan. Taking to BSS, he said a total of 1,089 buses, including 150 newly-imported ones, will be operated as 'Eid Special Service' from May 27. Of these buses, 649 buses will be operated from capital Dhaka and 390 from different districts and upazilas, he added. "We will keep 50 buses in reserve to face any contingency situation," said the BRTC chairman. BRTC's deputy general manager (operation) Moniruzzaman Babu said Motijheel bus depot will operate bus service on Dhaka-Naghpur, Daudkandi, Bajitpur, Khulna, Dinajpur and Netrokona routes. Rangpur, Panchagar, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Kushtia, Rajshahi, Sherpur, Jamalpur, Netrokona, Nagorpur, Gobindaganj, Ranishangkar, Thakurgaon and Dinajpur routes will remain under BRTC's Kalayanpur bus depot and Gabtoli bus deport will operate services on Rangpur, Dinajpur and Thakurgaon routes, he said. Babu said Bishwaroad-Panchdona, Rangpur, Naogaon, Jaypurhat, Tangail, Mymensingh and Bogura routes will remain under Joarsahara bus depot, Rangpur, Kushtia, Kurigram, Dinajpur and Naogaon routes under Mirpur bus depot while the entire Rangpur route will be under Mohammadpur bus depot of BRTC. Besides, bus services will be operated on Bishwaroad-Panchdona, Kishoreganj, Tangail, Jamalpur, Netrokona, Mymensingh, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Thakurgaon rotutes from BRTC's Gazipur bus depot.

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