Bus fares not hiking: BRTA chairman...

Dhaka, Wednesday   19 January 2022

Bus fares not hiking: BRTA chairman

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:59 PM, 12 January 2022   Updated: 05:06 PM, 12 January 2022

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The buses will ply with half the passengers from next Saturday following the hygiene guidelines. However, bus fare has not been increased in this case. The bus owners will transport passengers at existing fares.

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) Chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder informed this after a meeting with the stakeholders on Wednesday afternoon.

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Earlier on Monday, Cabinet Division issued a notification, directing the bus owners to carry half the passengers in buses from January 13 to curb COVID cases.

However, after this directive, the bus owners started putting pressure on the Government to hike the fare. In such a situation, BRTA held a meeting with the concerned stakeholders at the head office of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) in the capital’s Banani on Wednesday afternoon. At that meeting, it was decided to transport passengers without hiking the bus fare.

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Representatives of various organizations including the Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association, Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation were present at the meeting. 

Meanwhile, before the meeting, BRTA chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder said, “We do not want to take any decision that is against the public interest. We will sit in the meeting, talk ‍and then the decision will be made.”

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He further said, “We will continue our utmost efforts to manage the public transport including buses and minibusses by following the hygiene rules as per the instructions of the Government.”