The experts opined that public transport operating on limited scale would not be able to meet the huge demand
Health and public transport experts have expressed their opinion that the government has to ensure health safety in public transport before a resumption of the service.
The expert opinions were voiced at a virtual discussion organized by Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust (WBB) on Saturday.
They also mentioned that the public transport vehicles make at least six million trips for school and college-going students in Dhaka Metropolitan area. Apart from them, all modes of transport daily make 30 million trips in Dhaka.
Therefore, as they put it, public transport operating on a limited scale would not be able to meet the huge demand.
They also advised ensuring a proper setting for walkways and bicycle paths as an alternative to public transport.
Among others, Dr Ruhul Furkan Siddique, professor of the Department of Public Health and Informatics at Jahangirnagar University; Dr Akter Mahmud, president of the Bangladesh Institution of Planners; Derbra Efroymson, advisor of the WBB trust; and Maruf Hossain, joint secretary of the Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), took part in the discussion.