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2 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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High-risk travel for passengers in BRTC buses

Murad Ahmed, Barishal

Large numbers of passengers are using the buses of the BRTC Barishal depot, even though most of these vehicles have lost their fitness to ply on roads a long time ago. With little regard to passenger safety, these buses are still on the road and being used to carry commuters.

Passengers allege that they fear for their lives during a journery. None of the buses reaches its destination on time due to their run-down condition, they say. Admitting to the pathetic condition of the vehicles, Md. Jamil Hosen, in-charge of the BRTC Barishal depot, said that there were 36 buses running on 12 routes from the depot.

Of them, four are totally out of order, he added. In 2005, 30 new buses (model No. TC 1316) arrived in the depot, but their fitness ended in 2017. Ten more buses (Ashok Leyland) arrived here in 2013, but they lost their fitness in 2018.

All these buses were imported from India.

"We're trying to provide the best service to passengers. But everyone is facing problems due to poor condition of the buses," said Jamil Hosen. Sources said the depot was incurring daily loss of mroe than Tk. 5 lakh because of the current situation.  The depot earns Tk. 1.40 crore every month, but its expenditure go beyond over Tk. 1.47 crore.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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