Dhaka – Commuters in the Bangladeshi capital are coming under the digital ticketing system as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated the Bus Rapid Pass aiming at easing travel in the mega city.
A passenger will be allowed use one Rapid Card for all transports, a way forward towards electronic fare collection process. It could be replicated in all other modes of transports shortly.
“The system will make easy the life of the commuters, giving them a facility like developed countries to travel, said the Prime Minister inaugurating the system through a video conferencing at her official Ganabhaban residence.
The ticketing system would establish clearing house for integrating transport ticketing system in Dhaka City.
The digital ticketing system of ‘Rapid Bus Card’ was introduced by Dhaka Transport Coordination Authorities (DTCA) with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Hasina thanked the Japan government for providing technical support to introduce the Bus Rapid Pass project as well as other major development project in Bangladesh.
She talked to a number of passengers of BRTC bus on Motijeel-Nabinagar route where the ticketing system has been introduced first.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and Chief of Bangladesh Army General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq and Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Masato Watanabe were present on the occasion, conducted by principal secretary Najibur Rahman.