Ref:Water buses have started ferrying passengers on the Gabtoli-Sadarghat route in a bid to ease the traffic congestion in Dhaka city.
Shipping minister Shajahan Khan inaugurated the service at Gabtoli landing station at 11.30am on Saturday. Two water buses, ‘Turag’ and ‘Buriganga’, will be operating in the route initially.
They will travel everyday from 7am to 6pm between Sadarghat and Gabtoli and make stops at Swari Ghat, Kholamura, and Bosila.
The shipping minister said the fare from Sadarghat to Gabtoli was fixed at Tk 30. However fares from Kholamura and Bosila would be lower, he also said.
He told bdnews24.com: “Even though we are kicking off the service with only two buses, the operation will soon be expanded into all the other routes around Dhaka city.”
“Steps have been taken to make the routes suitable for the buses; 13 bridges on the rivers around the city will be heightened,” he added.
“The prime minister has instructed the related ministry to start working in this matter soon,” said the minister.
Ministry sources reveal that the buses are 38.38 feet long, 11.48 feet wide, 60 feet high and can accommodate 35 passengers each.
The buses are powered by two 75 horse power engines giving them a top speed of 12 nautical miles per hour allowing them to reach Gabtoli from Sadarghat in 50 minutes.
Local firm Three-angle Marine Consultant has finished building the buses at a cost of Tk 11.15 million.