Morning rush with few buses as new energy efficient work schedule comes into effect

“The new office hours will not affect the services provided by government offices. I have already been informed that all the officers arrived on time. We can provide normal services under the new schedule,” he said.

The Russian-Ukrainian war has continued to disrupt the international oil market, and its ripple effects are felt in the food and energy sectors.

Against the backdrop of soaring energy prices, the government adopted numerous austerity measures, including power outages, to avert a widespread economic crisis.

“We can save ourselves the problems other countries face if we take preventive measures now,” Tajul said. “It is unwise to waste anything and it will have a negative impact on the national economy. We must stop wasting resources.”

Bangladesh should seize every opportunity to save electricity and energy, the minister said, adding that in many countries in Europe and around the world, shopping malls now close at 6 p.m.

But the government has yet to decide how long the new work schedule will remain in effect, Tajul said.

SHORTAGE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Md Jashimuddin, 60, came to the Kajla bus stop in Jatrabari around 7am as he had an appointment with an eye doctor in Shyamoli. But he couldn’t find a bus until 8:15 am because they were all overcrowded.

“I arrived early in the morning thinking that I would get to my appointment on time and hassle-free. But, I found that there were hardly any buses and these were packed Usually you don’t see so many people here so early in the morning,” he said.

Buses from Matuail, Shanir Akhra, Kajla and Jatrabari go to Gulistan, Motijheel and also to Gabtoli via Dhaka Medical College and New Market.

Government officials, students from different universities and colleges, and staff from business organizations travel on these routes.

Peak times on these lines are 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

But on the first day of the new office schedule, most commuters gathered at the bus stop before 7 a.m.

However, the number of public transport available for office workers in the morning was almost half of what it usually is, said Rukhsana Zaman, 35, a banker looking to get to Motijheel.