Uttara to Shahbag suffer from dearth of buses
Leuna Haque of DOT
Thousands of people come to Dhaka every day for health care, job opportunities, education and transit to other destination.
The cheapest transportation for millions is obviously city bus service, which intertwine through congested traffic in metropolis with major residential areas with city center.
Three types of city bus exist for passenger transportations in Dhaka. Those are sitting service, counter service and local bus service. Sitting service buses run from 6 am to 12 pm, counter service buses run from 6 am to 9 pm and local service buses run all day and all night.
One of the busiest bus stops is Shahbag-Uttara route which connects the largest residential area, north of the capital.
Shahbag, is the heart of social, cultural and political activities and a major intersection, which divides the city in two sections into old and new Dhaka – connecting the south with rest of the city.
Shahbag, is a location of prime public institutions, including the University of Dhaka, Dhaka Medical College, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
In addition, the hub is location of a national museum, library, Ramna Park, amusement parks and bookstores.
Since Bangladesh independence in 1971, Shahbag intersection has become a venue for celebration of major festivals, such as the Bangla Nobo Borsho and Basanta Utsab.
Unfortunately, there is only two bus services connecting Shahbag-Uttara. The number 3 Airport- Bangabandhu Avenue Paribahan (local). The bus route has been changed due to mega construction of metro rail in the same route. Only the state-run BRTC buses only ply from Uttara to Shahbag.
Mahmudul Hasan Masum, a resident of Uttara and regular commuter between Uttara to Shahbag suffer from dearth of buses on the route.
Ashraf Ullah, Additional Commissioner, Mohakhali Traffic Police Zone, said that after the road accident of Jabal-e- Nur, problems emerged for designated bus stops for passengers. The buses keep their doors open for pick-n-drop passengers in the middle of the road. Now buses are penalized if the doors are open, to avoid accidents.
Faruk Talukder Sohel, Chairman of Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners’ Association said previously there was many buses from Uttara to Shahbag.
Nowadays many buses have been redirected on alternative routes because of construction of metro rail projects, he said.
A special committee agreed not to issue additional route permits for any new buses in the capital.