Kudos to Mayor Annisul Huq for completing a bold and innovative plan to solve Dhaka city’s public transportation woes.
Getting around the city has long been the bane of citizens of Dhaka, and a major part of the reason is that the bus system right now is sorely lacking in order and discipline.
The Dhaka North City Corporation’s colour-coded bus plan, then, is one the whole city should get behind, as it may go a long way towards alleviating the suffering of the people.
In the past, bus services have been run by cozy criminal cartels, which have operated in defiance of rule and regulations of the city.
This is also why it has been notoriously difficult to bring in line this inefficient and wasteful system, where a large number of vehicles lie idle, unfit for the road.
DNCC proposes to streamline the entire system by scrapping the old and non-functional buses, and bringing in new buses so that 4,000 buses can operate.
Furthermore, instead of hundreds of bus owners competing against one another, six holding companies operating the bus services will make the buses more manageable and easy to regulate.
Not surprisingly, the plan has been met with resistance from the bus owners, who are now making demands of their own.
However, the essence of good governance is to power through these problems, and DNCC should be commended for sitting down with transport owners and resolving many of the issues that stand in the way of making this proposal a reality.
Millions of people commute by bus in Dhaka every day, and when the bus system lacks order, all of us suffer.
By turning the DNCC’s proposal into a reality, Dhaka city could turn it all around.