The forty years old Barisal depot of state owned Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation had received 10 new air-conditioned buses in face of acute shortage of fit vehicles.
Jamil Hossain, Barisal BRTC depot manager, said recently the prime minister received and inaugurated 87 Indian-made air-conditioned buses. We placed a demand for 25 vehicles from that fleet.
“We placed a demand for 25 vehicles from that fleet and received 10 new AC vehicles after the Eid. Four of those are already placed on Patuakhali-Dhaka-Patuakhali, Kuakata-Barisal-Dhaka, Charsession-Barisal-Jessore, Barguna-Barisal-Jessore routes from August 10,” he said.
Assistant Traffic Officer of the Barisal BRTC depot Zulfikar Ali said six of the buses were giving trial on Barisal-Kewrakandi-Barisal route to asses operating and fuel cost, adding that at least 4 of those would be placed on long routes connecting different destinations of north Bengal.
Officials said the BRTC Barisal depot had 20-25 years old 39 buses, of which three were declared abandoned 3 years ago, while average 5 out of the rest 36 remained regularly under repair and maintenance servicing.
The BRTC depot officials expressed hopes that those new AC vehicles, charging Tk2.5 per kilometre as fare, could improve better services for the passengers.
The depot started functioning in 1973 and added these new buses after about 10 years since 2004, he told.
The BRTC depot manager said the depot earned average of Tk11m monthly from over 60,000-90,000 passengers.
Out of which Tk1m was spent for ferry fare and bridge tolls, Tk5.5m for fuel costing, Tk1.8m for officials and staff salaries, Tk600,000 for maintenance and repairing cost leaving a monthly net profit of Tk2.1m and annual net profit ofTk25.2m, he added.