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Bangladesh capital students demand safer roadways

Khalid Umar Malik
02 Dec 2021, 07:42 GMT+10

DHAKA, Bangladesh - On Wednesday, the Bus Route Rationalization Committee (BRRC) started a special campaign against buses operating in Dhaka without route permits or violating route permit rules.

In Dhaka, the BRRC has identified 1,847 buses that are currently running without route licenses.

According to the committee, a substantial number of buses are also traveling on several routes in breach of route permission restrictions.

According to a press statement from Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), the drive started Wednesday morning.

DSCC Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh announced on Sunday that buses operating on city roads without route permits would be seized beginning Wednesday.

"We will not only impose fines but also seize illegal buses without route permits wherever we find them and then destroy them so that these vehicles can't ply the roads further," he told the press.

Many buses, he added, obtained licenses for one route and then ran on another.

"Action will be taken against those buses through joint operations," he elaborated.

The move comes after many weeks of student protests in Dhaka demanding safe roadways following the death of a Notre Dame College student on November 24.

The tragic incident initiated an enraged mob to torch many buses in the area, raising further concerns about reckless driving and road safety.

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