On Wednesday, passengers were seen trying to get on the bus at the intersection of Malibagh, Shantinagar, Kakrail, Paltan, Press Club and Topkhana Road in Dhaka.
Private minibuses ply on most routes in the capital with at least 50 seats. After receiving government instructions, they are now transporting passengers by increasing the fare by 60 per cent, leaving half the seats vacant.
But as the office-court is all open, the passengers have to struggle to get on the bus to reach the destination. As soon as a bus stops, the waiting passengers start rushing.
Hamidur Rahman, an employee waiting for bus number 6 in Malibagh, said, “Low-income people like us are in danger as there are limited passenger seats in Corona. It’s hot, you have to wear a mask on it. There are no seats to get on the bus. Where are you going? ”
For those who can afford to spend a little more than bus fares, ride share motorcycles have become a popular vehicle in the last few days. But with the increase in bus fares, the fares of motorcycles have also gone up, said a passenger named Sadeq Khan.
He told bdnews24.com at the Shantinagar intersection, “Motor bikes used to line the intersections for so long. The rent was also fairly within his control. Today I see the rent is higher. Nothing to say, no one to watch? ”
In Gulistan, many buses have become ‘seating service’. There is no opportunity for passengers to get up at the stop as the gate is closed.
Saima Khatun will go to Azimpur Maternity Center to see her sister. She was waiting for the bus without getting a rickshaw from the press club. But after trying for an hour, he could not get on any bus.
“Rickshaws are now asking for double the fare. I can’t even get a bus. Whatever is coming is the gate lock. There are no vacancies. ”
Demanding increase in BRTC buses on different routes, he said, “Fares have been increased, but the number of public buses has not been increased. CNGOs are also charging as much as they want. ”
So far, to go to Gulshan in a green autorickshaw from Topkhana turn is 200-250 rupees. On Wednesday, it was seen that no one was willing to reduce 300 rupees.
All those who went to the office in the morning to go to the office in Rampura, Malibagh, Shahjahanpur have suffered more or less. From 9am to 11am, there were crowds of office-going passengers at the intersections, but they could not get on the bus.
In Mohammadpur and Dhanmondi areas, the buses were carrying one passenger in each of the two seats as per the instructions. As the seats are not empty, the car is not stopping at the next stop. As a result, passengers have to wait for the next bus.
Passengers were seen in Mohammadpur expressing their displeasure as they could not get on the bus carrying the nightingale and waves of this route.
Roughly the same picture was in Chittagong Road, Sanarpar, Signboard, Matuail, Rayerbagh and Shanir Akhra areas. Many office-goers were waiting for the bus at these stops around 11:30 pm. Again, many have left on foot without getting a vehicle.
A man named Rashed Alam was going to Dhaka Medical College Hospital from Chittagong Road. He said he could not get on any bus even after waiting for an hour.
“The bus leaves with half the passengers. Many buses don’t stop. I don’t know how to get there.”
Azizur Rahman, who was waiting for the bus near Jatrabari flyover, said, “The door of the bus does not open. It is filled from the other side. It is a rule to take half passengers in the vehicle. But everyone has to go to the office.
Khandaker Enayet Ullah, general secretary of the Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association, said they were trying to do everything according to the rules. The rest is not in their hands.
“Public transport has been running since the morning with 70 per cent increase in fares fixed by the government. We have told everyone to manage the transport in accordance with the health rules. ”