Motor transport fares increased in Dhaka, Chittagong cities

Motor transport fares increased in Dhaka, Chittagong cities

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The government has increased the fare of CNG-run buses, minibuses and auto-rickshaws in Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation areas which will be effective from October 1, while the revised fares for auto-rickshaws will be effective from November 1 this year.
“We have increased only 10 paisa per kilometer.  The new fares were fixed at an inter-ministerial meeting,” Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told reporters after the meeting at the secretariat yesterday.The revised fares come after hiked the gas and power prices by the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission on August 27, which effected from September 1.
Fares of buses have been raised to Tk 1.70 per kilometre from Tk 1.60 while for minibuses Tk 1.60 from the existing Tk 1.50, Obaidul Quader said, adding that the minimum fares are still kept at Tk 7.00 and Tk 5.00 for buses and minibuses respectively plying in the two city corporation areas.
The minister further said, fare for the auto-rickshaws have been revised as first two kilometres has been increased from Tk 25 to Tk 40, while Tk 12 will be charged for the next kilometres, which was previously Tk 7.64. Moreover, Tk 2 will be charged in lieu of Tk 1.04, for midway intermissions.
Auto-rickshaw drivers will have to pay their owners Tk 900 per day as rent instead of the present charge of Tk 600, he added.
“Is there any fruitful result to protest the government decision? We have to pay the extra money—will the government pay it? We are already paying the cost in the kitchen market,” Mohibur Rahman, who works at a private company in Motijheel told this correspondent on hike of bus fares.
Another Abdur Rahim, a day labourer expressed his resentment saying, “do you think the government bothered the people?”
Among others, road transport and highways secretary MN Siddique, BRTA chairman Nazrul Islam, DTCA executive director Qaikobad Hossain, Bangladesh sarak Paribahan Malik samity secretary general Khondaker Enayet Hossain, Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation general secretary Osman Ali and representatives from concerned organisations attended the meeting.
The revised fares will be charged on the buses and mini buses plying in Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Gazipur, Manikganj, Narsingdi and Dhaka districts.
The government had increased the bus fares on September 19 in 2011 after hiking the gas prices, The fare of long route buses was increased 10 paisa per kilometer on January 20 in 2013 after hiking the fuel oil prices. – Staff Reporter

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