'Dolonchapa' bus service has been designed to ensure safety for female passengers.
A private commercial bus service dedicated only to female passengers launched in Dhaka today, bringing some relief to women who use public transport in the capital city.
'Dolonchapa' bus service has been especially designed to protect women from harassment while travelling on public transport.
The inauguration ceremony took place at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Agargaon, where Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was present as the chief guest, local media reports said.
The non-AC bus service will be available from Sunday (Jun 3) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Initially, one bus will operate on the Motijheel-Mirpur 12 route. On Jun 15, another bus will be available on the Azimpur-Mirpur ECB route.
Within the next two months, 8 more buses will be deployed in the city. The fleet will be expanded throughout the city based on the commuters' response and demand.
Each bus will have 34 seats, with two seats dedicated to passengers with disabilities. Each bus will be equipped with CCTV cameras.
Men will not be allowed to use Dolonchapa buses. The drivers will be male, but the conductors will be female.