In the private sector, The opening of the 36 sits buses for the woman “Dolana Chappa” in the capital. The Dolan Chappa bus service was started jointly by the Rang’s Group of Bangladesh and Indian Volvo Eicher Vehicle Limited. The bus will be operated from 7 am to 8 pm daily. The service will initially run on the Motijheel-Mirpur route.
Road Transport and Construction Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated this service at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in Agargaon on Saturday morning.
Awami League general secretary and road transport and labor minister Obaidul Quader, chairman of Rings Group Abdur Rauf, Managing Director of Rang’s motor Sohan Rouf Chowdhury, Secretary General of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association Khandaker Enayet Ullah, Volvo Eiser Vice President of Executive Vehicle Ltd, SS Gill along with were present.
On the occasion of launching new bus service, Road Transport and Bridge Minister Obaidul Quader said, “60 more such buses will be started in phases. This is a commendable initiative and people’s sufferings are an example of how private sector can come forward to introduce bus service for women. Rang’s encouraged them to launch this service immediately after informing me of the matter.”
Rang’s Group chairman Abdur Rouf Chowdhury said, “We can see that significant changes are taking place in the institutions. More women are taking part in economic activities. Dolanchappa bus service will make women travel and workplace more comfortable and safe at work. I believe that such steps will encourage more women to lead their ambition. “
Rang’s Motor, Managing Director, Sohana Rauf Chowdhury said, “We often hear reports of sexual harassment in public transport and I see. Women’s participation in the workplace ensures equal rights of women, but as long as the support system, such as public transport, can not ensure the safe and comfortable travel of women, all efforts will remain incomplete and women will be victimized.
She also said, “I have spoken to many women with sexual harassment in public transport. And they all agreed with me the need for a service. As a woman, I was sympathetic to their problems and came forward in our limited capacity. I hope that such initiative will take more such initiatives in the real empowerment of the private entrepreneurs and policymakers. Empowerment of women is not possible without ensuring safety. “
It is known that the service will start on 15th June from Azimpur-Mirpur route.