Update August 25, 2020

Dhaka 9-46 pm, 23-September, 2020

Govt considering resuming pre-determined transport fare: Quader

Mirajul Moin Joy

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said the government is considering resuming the pre-determined fare of public transport.

Making the mask use mandatory and not carrying standing passengers in public transport, the government is thinking of returning to the pre-determined fare of public transport. A decision would be taken soon to this end,” he said while addressing a view-exchange meeting through videoconferencing from his official residence here.

The view-exchange meeting was held with officials of Cumilla Road Zone, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC).

About the long-pending Rohingya crisis, Quader said the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government continues its diplomatic efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

The Rohingya influx is adversely affecting the Bangladesh’s environment and tourism industry, he said.

Quader, also the Awami League General Secretary, drew the attention of the international community, including the United Nations, to resolve the Rohingya problem, stating that it would be very difficult for Bangladesh to bear the pressure of an additional 11 lakh Rohingyas if the interest of the international community on the issue minimises.

Stressing the need for ensuring quality in road construction, he said the slow pace of land acquisition was delaying the project implementation in many cases.

The road transport and bridges minister directed the authorities concerned to increase the supervision of the engineers in construction of roads and highways.

Terming the Dhaka-Chittagong highway a lifeline of the country’s economy, he said now there is no traffic congestion on this highway after the construction of second Kanchpur, Meghna and Gomati bridges.

However, Quader said, there is a lack of cleanliness and that is why the highway from Jatrabari to Kanchpur should be remained clean.

He expressed dissatisfaction over the slow pace in upgrading the highway from Comilla to Begumganj into four-lane.

Resolving the complexities in land acquisition, the works of Feni- Chowmuhani and Chowmuhani-Sonapur Four-Lane projects should be completed soon, the minister added.

Secretary of the Road Transport and Highways Division Md Nazrul Islam, Chief Engineer of the Department of Roads and Highways Md Shahriar Hossain and Additional Chief Engineer of Cumilla Road Zone Shawkat, among others, joined the view-exchange meeting.

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