Tourist Spot

BRTC extends service to 21 new routes in the South West

As part of a major expansion plan, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will launch its services to 21 new destinations in the southwestern districts following the inauguration of the Padma Bridge.

Currently, the state-run transport agency operates 18 buses on the Dhaka-Khulna and Dhaka-Benapole routes. It will operate 65 buses – mostly AC buses – on 23 routes from June 26, the day the bridge opens to the public.

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“We are going to extend our services to almost all districts in the South West region, taking advantage of the Padma Bridge,” BRTC chairman Tazul Islam told the Daily Star yesterday.

Meanwhile, various private bus operators have already planned to expand their services in the southwestern region as they believe bus service across the bridge is set to boom.

They believe that a direct connection between Dhaka and the southwestern region will reduce travel times and increase fuel efficiency as well as passenger numbers.

Major Md Moktaruzzmaan, Managing Director (Operations) of BRTC, said they will have corrected and tweaked the routes by June 25.

“If we get a positive response from passengers, we will further increase our services,” he told the Daily Star yesterday.

He said they provide services in the South West region from three depots at Barishal, Khulna and Tungipara. Now, most services would be launched from Dhaka.

Fares would be set according to the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority’s fare schedule, another BRTC official said. Most buses would depart from Dhaka’s Gulistan, some from Abdullahpur, Mirpur-12 and Jatrabari, and two from Narsingdi.

The BRTC gave Kuakata the highest priority, as it set out three routes to connect to the main tourist spot, he added.

Satkhira, Barishal, Shariatpur, Madaripur, Paisharhat from Barishal, Charmuguria from Madaripur, Kasiani from Gopalganj, Kuakata from Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Gosaihat from Shariatpur, Mollarhat from Bagerhat, Bhandaria from Pirojpur and Baufal from Patuakhali will come under the new BRTC services.

Some destinations would be linked by more than one bus service, depending on demand, sources said.