BRTC to put 1,089 buses on Eid service
Published : Monday, 20 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 1217
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), the state-run transport agency of the country, will provide services to the Eid-ul-Fitr holidaymakers with its total 1,089 buses. Of those, 649 buses will run within Dhaka city and the rests 390 buses will be operated as intercity services.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday disclosed the transport plans of the BRTC regarding Eid transport services at a press briefing at his Secretariat office. The Minister attended his office on Sunday for the first time after his return from treatment in Singapore.
Quader, also AL General Secretary, underwent a bypass surgery in Singapore Mount Elizabeth Hospital on March 20 and had been staying there to recover from his ailment. He returned home from Singapore on May 15.
He said the Eid Special Service of BRTC will start from May 27 and continue till June 10 this year. Subject to moon sight, the Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to be observed on June 6 this year.
The Minister said that the BRTC will start selling advance bus tickets for homebound people from Monday at 18 bus depots across the country.
According to the plan of BRTC, the authority will try to manage the schedule with its fleet of 1,089 buses. Apart from this, a total of 50 buses will remain on stand-by to meet any emergency needs during the Eid holidays.
The BRTC will sell advance tickets from its different depots, including Motijheel, Joarsahara, Kalayanpur, Gabtoli, Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Jatrabari, Gazipur and Narayanganj.
BRTC Chairman Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan told journalists that Motijheel bus depot will operate bus service on Dhaka-Naghpur, Daudkandi, Bajitpur, Khulna, Dinajpur and Netrokona routes.
Rangpur, Panchagarh, 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 added. He 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 depot Mohammadpur bus depot of BRTC.
Besides, bus services will be operated on Bishwaroad-Panchdona, Kishoreganj, Tangail, Jamalpur, Netrokona, Mymensingh, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Thakurgaon routes from BRTC's Gazipur bus depot.
Jatrabari bus depot will operate services on Dhaka-Gauripur, Tongi-Mawa, Chattogram and Sylhet routes, Narayanganj bus deport on Dhaka-Narayanganj, Dhaka-Meghna upazila, Biswaroad-Panchdona routes, Narsingdi bus deport on Dhaka-Narsingdi and Dhaka-Bhairab routes while Sylhet bus deport will operate services on Sylhet-Tarakanda routes.
Urging the holidaymakers to travel by buses of 'BRTC Special Service' Farid Ahmed said 50 buses will be kept ready at different BRTC depots in Dhaka to offer services to people from June 3.
"We will keep the buses standby at Mirpur bus depot, in front of Nandanpark, Kalayanpur bus depot, Chadra Mor, Motijheel bus depot, Joarsahara bus depot, Mohammadpur bus depot, Hemayetpur bus depot and Mahakhali bus depot to provide service to people," he said.
During last Eid-ul-Fitr, BRTC operated a total of 904 buses, including 475 from Dhaka and 375 on different routes outside the capital.