BPWA demands withdrawal of bus fare hike
Published: 05:52 PM, 30 May 2020 Updated: 06:09 PM, 30 May 2020
Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association (BPWA) has demanded the withdrawal of the decision of 80 percent hike of bus fares in one go by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).
In a statement sent to the media on Saturday, the organization's Secretary-General Mozammel Haque Chowdhury made this demand.
BPWA demanded the state-subsidized fares for people by withdrawing the increased fares of public transport immediately.
According to the statement, there is no precedent in the past for a reduction in public transport fares in normal time which increased in any crisis. Even if the government raises the fare by 80 percent, the bus owners will use various tricks to increase the fare from 120 to 200 percent. In the current situation of the country, this fare cannot be imposed on the people who are in financial crisis.
Earlier, a meeting of the BRTA Expenditure Analysis Committee recommended an 80 percent fare hike. Apart from BRTA officials, representatives of bus owners and staff were also present at the meeting.