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BRTC to roll out 340 eco-friendly AC buses

  • Project approved by Ecnec Tuesday
  • New buses by December 31, 2024
  • Buses to replace obsolete fleet
  • 140 buses for Dhaka, 200 inter-city
Update : 06 Sep 2023, 10:20 PM

The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is set to introduce 340 new single decker CNG-powered air-conditioned buses.

The “Procurement of CNG Single Decker AC Buses for BRTC” project, undertaken by the Road Transport and Highways Division, received approval from the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday, said a source from the Planning Commission.  

The new buses, expected to arrive in the country by December 31, 2024, will replace the current buses in the BRTC fleet that are deemed obsolete and unfit. 

These vehicles will enable reliable and comfortable public transport services on both city and intercity routes.

The initiative is aimed at providing an environmentally-friendly transport option. 

Out of the 340 new buses, 140 will operate within Dhaka city while the remaining 200 buses will run inter-city. 

Sources from the Road Transport and Highways Division shared that the project will cover the procurement of the 340 CNG single decker AC buses and spare parts equating to 15% of the total bus value. 

The BRTC will implement the project under the initiative of the Road Transport and Highways Division.

The estimated cost of the project is Tk1,133.46 crore, of which Tk304.83 crore will be funded by the government. 

South Korea will finance the remaining Tk828.63 from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) as a project loan.

The Planning Commission said that the project is included in the list of new unapproved projects aimed at foreign financing for the current 2023-24 fiscal year. They also mentioned that the project aligns with the government's five-year plan.

Additionally, under the guidelines of SDG-11.2, there is a mention of initiating safe, affordable, accessible, and sustainable transportation systems for all by 2030, paying special attention to the needs of women, children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. 

In this context, the discussed project is in line with the government's five-year plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Regarding this, State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam stated that the current outdated BRTC buses will be replaced with these 340 new buses, ensuring reliable and comfortable public transport for both city and intercity routes, while promoting eco-friendly transportation.

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