The purpose of integrated ticketing is to encourage people to use public transport by simplifying switching between transport modes and by increasing the efficiency of the services
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday directed a powerful committee, which oversees Bangladesh’s economic expansion and development, to come up with ideas to develop an integrated ticketing system for roads, railways and waterways transportation.
Citing commuters’ sufferings for transportation especially during holiday seasons, the prime minister also asked the relevant officials at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) in Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area to prioritize the project.
Integrated ticketing allows a commuter to make a journey that involves transfers within or between different transport modes with a single ticket that is valid for the complete journey, modes being buses, trains, subways, ferries, etc.
The purpose of integrated ticketing is to encourage people to use public transport by simplifying switching between transport modes and by increasing the efficiency of the services.
After the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan, who was an attendee at the meeting, told reporters that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very keen with the idea of developing such a system.
“It’ll be like how people commute in European countries,” Minister Mannan quoted his boss as saying.
Sheikh Hasina also directed the Ministry of Railways to frame a plan to transform all the existing meter gauge railway tracks in the country into broad gauge soon.
She underscored the need for strengthening the capacity of the Bangladesh Railway by ensuring the BMRE of the existing workshops so that these could continue maintenance works extensively and manufacture railway spare parts instead of importing those from abroad.
She also reiterated her stance to incorporate Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) in every future development project where infrastructure works are associated to ensure waste management.