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HC seeks explanation over raising launch terminal entry fee

  • Published at 09:50 am November 3rd, 2019
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File photo of water vessels anchored at Sadarghat, Dhaka Focus Bangla

It is against the constitution to collect entry fee at launch terminals

The High Court has issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why the decision of raising fees for entering launch terminals should not be not declared illegal.

It also sought explanation on Sunday, as to why the fee hike should not be declared illegal and contrary to the constitution as per the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Ordinance, 1958, reports UNB.

The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the rule and asked the respondents to respond to the rule within three weeks.

On October 28, Supreme Court lawyer Mohammad Abu Taleb filed a petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the decision of raising fees for entering river port terminals across the country.

Shipping and finance secretaries, BIWTA chairman, its secretary, director (Finance), deputy director (port) and Dhaka River Port (Sadarghat) joint director were made respondents to the writ. 

The petitioner said an official notification was issued on September 15 raising fee to Tk10 from Tk5 for entering Barisal, Chandpur, Khulna, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Patuakhali, Barguna and Bhola river ports while Tk5 for Aricha, Ashuganj-Bhairab Bazar, Daulatdia, Nagarbari, Kazihat, Naradah, Tongi, Cox’s Bazar, Charjanaja, Meghnaghat, Mirkadim, Chhatak, Ghorashal, Faridpur, Chilmari and others river ports.

He said the BIWTA authorities cannot collect any fee for entry into at the port terminals as per the Inland Water Authority Ordinance-1958, 19 (2) (cc). “It is against the constitution.”

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