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Hatirjheel public transportation inaugurated

December 24th, 2015 | by admin
Hatirjheel public transportation inaugurated
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Public buses will operate in the Hatirjheel area from Wednesday onward.

Housing and Public Works Minister Engr Mosharraf Hossain inaugurated the bus service on Wednesday morning.

“Hatirjheel will be the city’s entertainment hub. The prime minister has asked for further beautification of the project area. She wants an opera house here, which will be done at some point,” the minister said.

The Hatirjheel lake will gradually be connected to Gulshan, Baridhara and Banani lakes, the housing and public works minister said.

The renovation of Hatirjheel, formerly a sewage canal, began in 2007 to facilitate connectivity between east and west Dhaka and to help handle traffic congestion and waterlogging in the city.

Though the project was opened to public in 2013, there was no public transport on the 16km of roads inside it.

Some unauthorized microbuses have started transporting people to different destinations inside the project area.

But those were stopped in November following media reports, to the dismay of the commuters from adjacent areas.

“People have sacrificed a lot for this project. There were residences, mosques and madrassas here. The army personnel have successfully relocated them,” said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, who was also present during the inauguration of the bus service.

With the buses in operation, people can travel between Rampura and Karwanbazar in just 10 minutes, one fourth the existing travel time , he said.

Public works secretary Moinuddin Abdullah and RAJUK chairman JM Joynal Abedin, among others, attended the program.

Initially, four minibuses will pick up and drop off passengers at 10 points of the area.

Bus tickets will be available at six counters in Rampura, Madhubagh, FDC intersection, Boubazar, Shooting Club and Merul Badda.

The lowest fare from one counter to another has been fixed at Tk 10, said Jahangir Alam, an official of HR Transport Ltd that will be operating the buses.

The fare to get to Karwanbazar from Rampura is Tk 15 and Tk 30 for a ride around the project area, he said.
The bus company will pay the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) Tk 180,000 a month , said Jamal Akter Bhuiyan, director of the Hatirjheel project.

The carefully planned 302-acre project area has become a major attraction for the people living in Dhaka, which is otherwise an unplanned city.

Source: The Daily Ittefaq

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