Bangladesh trains to run at half capability from Saturday


A representational picture of Bangladesh Railway. — File picture.

The authorities have determined to run all trains at half-capacity from Saturday whereas no choice is but to be taken when buses and launches will begin doing the identical amid recent Covid restrictions.

The federal government in an order on Monday issued 11 pointers, asking practice, bus and launches to function at their half capability amongst different restrictions.

The restrictions have been imposed based mostly on choices made at an inter-ministerial assembly held on the rising prevalence of Covid circumstances.

The drivers and their assistants in autos should be vaccinated, the order mentioned.

The federal government, nevertheless, left it on related authorities for making efficient and clear directions concerning the matter.

The Bangladesh Street Transport Authority is scheduled to carry a gathering with the stakeholders involved immediately to take a call on points, together with fares and the destiny of unvaccinated transport staff, mentioned its chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder. 

The launch house owners mentioned that until Tuesday night they didn’t get any directions from the federal government when the launches would begin working at their half capability.

The Bangladesh Railway on Tuesday issued a six-point directive on practice providers, saying that from January 15 trains would carry passengers half at their capacities to make sure social distances.

Every of 25 per cent tickets of the half tickets could be obtainable on-line and at counters respectively, it mentioned.

Promoting of standing and platform tickets can be stopped, whereas all quotas besides emergency quota and move quota will stay suspended, mentioned the order.

The railway directions added that passengers should put on masks whereas ticket shopping for and through the practice journey.

The catering and bedding providers must observe well being laws strictly, it mentioned.

Bangladesh Railway further director common [operation] Sardar Shahadat Ali advised New Age that the advance promoting of the decreased variety of tickets for practice journey would begin Wednesday.

‘For system up-gradation, we’ll begin promoting advance tickets for January 15 from tomorrow [Wednesday] round 6:00 pm,’ he added.

Earlier in March 2020 and April 2021, the federal government issued the identical restrictions on motion by public transports at their half capacities following well being laws.

Following the request of the house owners of buses and launches the federal government elevated the bus and launch fares by 60 per cent in 2020 and 2021.

At a press briefing on the secretariat after the weekly cupboard assembly on January 6, cupboard secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam advised reporters that BRTA could be requested to not improve transport fares this time for carrying passengers at half capability.

In the meantime, BRTA chairman Nur Mohammad mentioned that they’d no statistics on transport staff within the nation.

Bangladesh Street Transport House owners’ Affiliation president Khandakar Enayet Ullah mentioned that the federal government ought to give them vaccines precedence foundation.

Bangladesh Inland Waterways (Passenger Carriers) Affiliation senior vice-president Badiuzzaman Badal advised New Age on Tuesday that they’d no statistics that what number of transport staff work in launches throughout the nation.


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