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Corruption at Comilla BRTC Bus depot: Engines, other valuable parts looted

  • Published at 11:56 pm October 25th, 2019
Comilla bus stand
Buses lie in waste with their essential parts removed at the BRTC bus depot in Comilla town Dhaka Tribune

Complaints arose alleging that for many years at least 30 BRTC buses have been kept abandoned at the district bus depot

Specific allegations have surfaced about the waste of government financing and corruption by the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) in Comilla.

Complaints arose alleging that for many years at least 30 BRTC buses have been kept abandoned at the district bus depot.

These buses are missing engines, wheels, and chassis and are scattered around the place as skeletons of what used to be fully functional vehicles, issued by the government for the welfare of public transportation services. 

Over the years, many officials have come and gone. However, any sort of change is yet to become of these metal frames as no initiatives were taken to auction them off so that their values may somewhat be redeemed. 

Time has not been a friend to these vehicles; prolonged exposure to weather has permanently rendered them inoperable and now they are can only be for sold as scraps at the junkyard.

Reportedly these essential and valuable parts, which have gone missing, were stripped down and sold without authorization.

Wishing to remain anonymous, a few of the employees working at the district bus depot office, claimed, the valuable and essential parts of the BRTC buses at the depot were looted. These parts were stripped down in the name of repair and were sold to scrap store owners.

Hanif and Yusif, two mechanics of a scrap store on the town’s station road, said: “When the BRTC buses are brought here for repairing, the engines are taken down for servicing. The engines which cannot be refitted are sold to us. Besides, we find it easy to purchase old engines and parts from the BRTC depot.”

Regarding the aforementioned allegations, Comilla BRTC bus depot Manager Md Kamruzzaman declined to give a comment. “I cannot to talk to the media, without first being authorized by the BRTC chairman.”   

When contacted, Moniruzzaman Babu, deputy general manager (operation) of BRTC, said: “The BRTC being an autonomous organization, its district bus depot managers are not authorized to answer questions from the media.”

Regarding the allegations of abandoned BRTC buses and looting of valuable engines and parts, BRTC General Manager Md Amzad Hossain, said: “The buses which are lying abandoned in various district depots around the country will be auctioned off. We have put out advertisements in the media in this regard. However, we shall first visit these depots to confirm the allegations.”