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Long-haul bus fare cut by 3 paisa per km

  • Published at 08:54 pm May 3rd, 2016
Following the reduction of fuel prices, the government has now slashed the fares of long-haul buses and minibuses by three paisa per kilometre. Road Transport and Highways Division issued a gazette notification on this regard yesterday. The decision will come into effect from May 15, according to the notification. Under the new pricing, the fare for diesel-run long-haul and inter-district bus and minibus would be Tk1.42 per kilometre, down from the previous Tk1.45. On the other hand, passenger fare would remain unchanged for city services in Dhaka and its adjacent five districts as well as in Chittagong. Earlier in 2008 and 2009, transport fare was reduced by seven paisa and four paisa respectively. However, none of the fare was implemented properly. After a meeting with the BRTA fare fixing committee, Mozammel Haque, secretary of Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association (BPWA), told the Dhaka Tribune on Monday that the reduction would not benefit the passengers as it was too little an amount. He also criticised the lack of monitoring, for which the reduction in the bus fare in the past had not been effective as well.