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Bangladesh to buy 600 buses, 500 trucks with Indian credit
Online Desk |:| Tue, 12 Apr'2016, 1:36 AM |:| Online Version
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said the government is buying 600 buses, 500 trucks and other necessary equipment with Indian credit.
At a meeting with Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) officials and depot managers, Quader said once the irregularities and corruption in the BRTC depots were stopped, the organization will turn into a profitable one.
Quader also said steps will be taken to fix the repairable buses and add them to the BRTC convoy.
“In order to stay in the running, BRTC will have to raise the standard of service,” he added.
Quader also asked officials to increase bus service for women and ensure reserved seats for them.
The minister further said allegations of corruption and irregularities are there against all the 21 BRTC depot managers particularly that of Kalynapur BRTC bus depot Moniruzzaman.
Quader said they are accused of using old parts and tires in BRTC buses but placing bills for brand new ones.
The minister ordered BRTC chairman Md Mizanur Rahman to take necessary steps against Moniruzzaman, or else, an investigation will be launched by the Anti Corruption Commission.
Several other allegations, such as operating dirty vehicles, buses having no headlight, ignoring female passengers and misbehaving with them have also been brought to the notice of Minister Obaidul Quader.
The minister, however, said he was not aware of the extent of financial crisis faced by the state owned BRTC.
About BRTC bus services on long routes, Quader said resistance from private transport owners is disabling their operations.
The minister also ensured to inaugurate new BRTC buses on routes having schools and colleges alongside, and also on other routes.