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13 January, 2020 01:25:41 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 January, 2020 12:03:13 PM
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Govt embarks on big plan to clear Dhaka gridlock

9 bus terminals to be built outside capital
MUBTASIM FUAD, Dhaka
Govt embarks on big plan to clear Dhaka gridlock

In a bid to reduce traffic congestion inside the capital, the government has taken up a plan to build nine inter-city bus terminals just outside of Dhaka city. According to sources with Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA), the decision to decentralise the bus terminals from the metropolitan area was taken during a recent meeting.

It was also decided that only city service buses will be allowed at the terminals inside the city, they said. The initial project to build the new terminals will cost Tk 5 crore and it will be implemented by the DTCA.

“Alternative measures will be adopted to remove the inter-district bus terminals from Dhaka metropolitan area,” said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader at the meeting held last month.

The minister added that feasibility studies on the project to build bus terminals outside the capital have already started. Talking to The Independent, DTCA Executive Director ASM Ilias Shah said, “A primary survey was initiated in October. We will finalise the locations after the survey is complete.”

According to sources, the places initially proposed for the new bus terminals and depots are Jhilmil Tegura on the south side of the Dhaka-Mawa Highway, north side of the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, south side of the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, north side of the Dhaka-Aricha Highway,

west side of the Nabinaga -Chandra Highway, west side of the Gazipur-Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway, near Uttara Birulia MRT line-6, Ati-Bazar Bosila and south side of Rajuk’s Purbachal Dhaka bypass.

Meanwhile, a letter has been issued to Rajuk for the allotment of 2.89 hectares of land to DTCA for construction of a terminal on the south side of Purbachal Dhaka bypass. The decision was made to allocate land at the 13th Board Meeting of the DTCA held at the Dhaka South City Corporation last month. The DTCA also also approved 64 parking spots in the city proposed by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

At present, there are three inter-district bus terminals in the capital at Gabtoli, Sayedabad and Mohakhali. Moreover, bus counters and depots of the buses are scattered all around the city, giving rise to traffic congestions that police struggle to control.

The government has taken the decision to move the bus terminals to reduce traffic congestion and bring back discipline in transport sector in Dhaka and its adjacent area, said sources.

When contacted over the matter, Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association Secretary General Khandoker Enayet Ullah hailed the proposed bus terminal project as a good initiative. “The prime minister herself has given a directive for implementing the project. In addition to buses, cargo trucks can also be parked in the new terminals, once these become operational” he said. “After the project is completed, the traffic chaos in Dhaka city is expected to reduce significantly,” he added.


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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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