Dhaka – None but the professional drivers will be allowed to drive buses during the upcoming Eid-al-Fitr holidays, when hundreds of thousands of people will travel to their ancestral homes from big cities in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal came up with the comments on Sunday as people have started buying tickets for their holiday trips beginning early next month. Measures will be taken to reduce the rate of road fatalities, according to the minister.
The Eid-al-Fitr, one of the major religious festivals will be celebrated tentatively on June 5 after a month of fasting by the Muslims.
Kamal said action will be taken if buses or launches carry passengers beyond their capacities.
The minister while talking to reporters at his office after a meeting with the members of the law enforcement agencies also said that tight measures would be taken to ensure peaceful celebration of the festivals.
“Adequate security personnel will be deployed alongside conducting block raids in different towns. Besides, there’ll be check-posts at the entry and exit points of the capital,” he said.
There is no threat of sabotage, he said adding that intelligence agencies were put on maximum alert.
The minister asked the owners of garment factories to allow the workers to leave in phases and pay their salaries and bonus in time.