Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-04-20 15:14:08 BdST
Speaking to the media on Thursday while driving out encroachers from footpaths in the diplomatic zone of Gulshan, he said, "The prime minister has tasked me to do the job. The city corporation will not be in charge of these (buses), once it’s finished.
"Seven separate holding companies will be formed to operate the buses. We hope to introduce some of them within this year."
After operators pulled out buses from streets following a crackdown against those only carrying seated passengers, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday revealed the plans to procure the buses.
The mayor told reporters on Thursday that the process was in its final stages and that he had 26 meeting with owners.
"It was a tough job to convince all the stakeholders as billions of black money is involved (in the transport sector).
"Those who are doing it say that a lot of (influential) people's interest is involved in it, which is the usual case in Bangladesh. We told them to put the public's interest before those to work out a solution," said Annisul.