Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the government is constructing improved roads and highways so that high-standard vehicles can ply to bring comfort to the passengers.“To allow ply quality vehicles, it is needed to improved the conditions of roads and highways,” he said adding, “Shohag Group has been contributing a lot by introducing world-class vehicles in the country and this is adding new dimensions to the public transport system.”
He was addressing a programme on launching SCANIA Vehicles in Bangladesh.
The minister launched the luxurious vehicles as the chief guest at a ceremony held at the Carnival Hall of Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Dhaka.
Quader said, the government is constructing Padma bridge and also elevated express way to bring ease to the lives of the people as well as enhance trade and commerce and thus boost the country’s growth.
The construction of Joydevpur-Mymensingh 4-lane highways has almost completed and that of Dhaka-Chittagong highway is in progress as the government is sincerely working for overall development of the transportation and communication system, which is vital for the economic development, he added.
Mentioning that the Mayors of Dhaka South and North have launched strong drives to remove all billboards, he said his ministry would provide all cooperation in this regards.
Aslamul Haque, lawmaker from Dhaka-14 and Johan Frisell, Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh were present at the ceremony as the special guests.
Md. Faruk Talukdar Sohel, Managing Director of Innovative Motors & Shohagh Group chaired the inaugural session while Directors, Mikhail Kiander, Sales Director of Scania Commercial Vehicle were present.
Obaidul Quader said, a total of 300,000 small vehicles are plying in the coty while only 80,000 have licenses, which are creating traffic jam in the capital.
Time has arrived to take tough actions against these illegal vehicles, he added.
Scania busses and trucks of capacity 310-410 horsepower being introduced in Bangladesh are less fuel-consuming and environment-friendly, Md. Faruk Talukdar Sohel mentioned.
Shohagh Group started its journey with transportation company – Shohagh Paribahan (Pvt.) Ltd in 1972 led by late Younus Talukdar. At the course of time, Shohagh Paribahan has proved itself as the most modern, time befitting and the pioneer of modern public transport service provider of Bangladesh.
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