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Dhaka Tribune

Public transport puts people first

Update : 26 Jun 2016, 07:56 PM

The government’s decision to build a Bus Rapid Transit route to make journeys between Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal Airport and Gazipur smoother is worthy of applause, as the new route promises to cut down the journey time to only 20 minutes.

This has been a long time coming, needless to say.

The Bus Rapid Transit will have a lane on the highway dedicated solely for the purpose of this journey, easing pressure on the already congested Airport Road.

Dhaka has, for a while now, desperately needed decisive action on the part of the government to make commute within and outside the city easier and hassle-free, and this new initiative will no doubt aid citizens to that end.

Transport services are an integral part of the country’s journey into creating better and safer routes for the public

Thousands of people make the arduous trip from Gazipur to Dhaka every day to work.

This new transit adds to other recent initiatives taken by the government to make Dhaka -- and Bangladesh -- a better place to live, work, and travel in and out of.

The metro rail, work for which started around February and which the prime minister inaugurated yesterday along with the BRT, will offer various routes throughout Dhaka to the daily commuter, with a targeted completion date in 2019.

Also worth noticing is Sonar Bangla Express, a high-speed luxury train offering services from Dhaka to Chittagong, which will be made available to the public. The train is expected to boast non-stop service to its destination in Chittagong, with an estimated journey time of around five hours.

Transport services such as these are an integral part of the country’s journey into creating better and safer routes for the public. Such initiatives by the government are crucial for creating economically and environmentally sustainable journeys.

It is hoped that this is only the beginning, and more such projects will be implemented in the years to come.

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