The owners’ association has announced to run buses with passengers in all the seats despite the government order urging everyone to follow the hygiene rules including wearing masks due to the rapid spread of the new type of coronavirus Omicron.
Khandaker Enayet Ullah, secretary general of the Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association, said on Thursday (January 13th), “We will run buses with as many passengers as we can from Saturday. And the rent will be the same as before. However, in this case, the hygiene rules will be strictly followed. ”
The government has again imposed restrictions in 11 cases, which came into effect on Thursday, as infections continue to rise due to the new type of coronavirus, Omicron. However, it was earlier reported that the bus-train would run with half the passengers again from Saturday.
Khandaker Enayet Ullah said, “In the meeting with BRTA on Wednesday, they offered to carry passengers in all the seats. I got the green signal. Today, the chairman of BRTA informed us that buses will be able to carry passengers in all the seats. However, in this case, strict hygiene rules must be followed. All other restrictions on coronavirus infection will remain in place. ”
But BRTA chairman Nur Mohammad Majumder said otherwise. He said they have not yet received any official decision from the government in this regard.
“The owners made such an offer to us,” he said. We have sent it to the cabinet through the ministry. The cabinet has considered it positive but we have not received any written order yet. “
The Cabinet Division on Monday issued a notification imposing restrictions on 11 cases, saying half the capacity of trains, buses and launches could carry passengers. The concerned authorities will issue specific instructions in this regard along with the date of implementation. Drivers and assistants of all types of vehicles must have a coronavirus vaccine certificate.
Railway authorities have already announced to run the train with half the passengers from Saturday. Launch owners have also said they will not raise fares for transporting half the passengers.
However, after the notification was issued on Monday, the leaders of the transport owners’ association demanded an increase in fares for carrying half the passengers. According to them, if the rent is not increased, they will face financial loss.
The regulatory body held a meeting with the leaders of transport owners ‘and workers’ organizations at the BRTA head office in Banani, Dhaka, on Wednesday.
The meeting was chaired by BRTA Chairman Noor Mohammad Majumder and was attended by President of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association Mashiur Rahman Ranga, Secretary General Khandaker Enayet Ullah, President of Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners Association Ramesh Ghosh, General Secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation Osman Ali and other transport owners.
After the meeting, Rakesh Ghosh, joint general secretary of Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners Association, said that from Saturday, half-seat passengers will be carried in the bus and the fare will not increase.
However, he also said that he would apply for permission to carry passengers in all seats of the bus at that time.
Source: দৈনিক আজাদী by dainikazadi.net.
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