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Hygiene in public transport is neglected, there is no supervision

Md Magem Ali
January 15, 2022 12:27 pm
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Special Correspondent.

The overall corona infection of the country is on the rise with the new type of Omicron. In this situation, the government has imposed new restrictions. However, even on the third day, not a trace of restriction was seen in public transport. Indifference is seen everywhere. There is no supervision on the road to enforce the restrictions.

This picture was seen on the spot on Saturday (January 15) in different areas of the capital.

It has been seen that most of the buses are carrying passengers to the office. Many passengers do not follow the health protection policy. Even if there is a mask, it is in someone’s hand, in someone’s pocket. Most of the drivers and assistants have their masks on their chins.

The number of cases of coronavirus has been increasing in the country for the last few days. The number identified on Friday exceeded four thousand. Among these new types of omicron have raised concerns. Considering the situation, the government issued a notification with 11-point instructions on January 11 as a precautionary measure, which came into effect on January 13.

According to the directive, all types of social, political and religious gatherings in open spaces will be closed until further notice, including half-capacity passenger transport on trains, buses and launches, and coroner vaccination certificates for all types of drivers and assistants.

However, a different picture was seen on the road. No supervision was seen. From 9:30 am to 11:00 pm on Saturday in the capital’s Shyamoli, Kalyanpur and College Gate area, buses are seen picking up and dropping off passengers. Most transports do not have hand sanitizer or disinfectant spray system. The driver’s assistants are dragging the passengers to the bus in the old habit.

Buses of different companies are plying from the capital to Savar, Ashulia, Gazipur, Manikganj, Mirpur, Mohammadpur to Uttara, Abdullahpur and other routes. These include Basumati, Raich, Welcome Paribahan, Mirpur Metro Service, Baishakhi Paribahan, Prajapati, Bus No. 6, Gabtali Express Bus No. 6, Labbike, Moumita, Bhuiyan Paribahan, Trans Silva, Address, Bahan Paribahan, Saudia Mini, SM Lovely, Dishari, New Vision, Sajan, Himachal, Talukdar and Savar Transport.

In most of the buses, the helper is seen standing at the door, calling and pulling the passengers. Some of the passengers have masks on their chins, some in their hands, some in their pockets. Again, some people do not have a mask. In addition to taking passengers in all the seats, passengers are also being taken standing. Hygiene rules are not being followed in picking up and dropping off passengers.

He pulled the mask off his chin as he tried to talk to Sujan, an assistant driver of a Bhuiyan Paribahan bus plying on the Mohammadpur to Abdullahpur route. Then he said, there is hand sanitizer in the bus, it is being given to the passengers if they want. Passengers are being told to wear masks. Extra passengers are not being taken.

Many transport helpers are wearing masks after seeing the cameras. Although they wanted to talk to some of them, they closed the door without answering.

There is no face mask on the bus helper of Raich Transport. When he wanted to know while moving, he got angry. Said, what is your problem without a mask?

Ali Sobhan, a passenger of bus No. 6, said, “I will go to Paltan, I have been waiting for a long time. I can’t get a bus, I can’t get a seat. There is a rush to obey the rules. So I had to run to the bus. But there is no hand sanitizer in the bus.

A passenger of a bus of Moumita Paribahan said that he was aware of the hygiene rules. Then why the face mask on the chin? To ask such a question, he said, where is my mask, what is your problem?