In the wake of fuel oil price hike, bus fares have been raised accepting the demand of transport owners. But, the buses and minibuses which run on CNG (compressed natural gas) will not be able to raise fares, said Bangladesh Road Transport Authority’s (BRTA) chairman Noor Mohammad Mazumder on Sunday.
He was addressing a press briefing on Sunday evening following a meeting with the leaders of transport owners to re-fix the fares in buses and minibuses at the BRTA office at Banani in the capital.
According to the new decision, 95 per cent of the buses and minibuses plying in the Dhaka city will not be able to raise their fares as they run on CNG, because 11,900, out of 12,526 buses and minibuses plying in the capital run on the CNG.
Besides, 11,200, out of 16,000 long distant buses and minibuses operated from Dhaka run on CNG, while the rest 4,000 are operated on diesel. It means 70 per cent of the long distant buses ply on CNG. So, as per the new decision, 95 per cent buses and minibuses in the capital, and 70 per cent of long distant buses and minibuses will not be able to raise their fares as they run on CNG.
Meanwhile, according to the newly adjusted fares, the long distant bus fare has been re-fixed Tk 1.80 raising from Tk 1.42 per kilometer. It means each passenger will have to spend 38 paisa extra for per kilometer.
Besides, the lowest fare in large buses has been refixed at Tk 10 and in minibuses Tk 8.
Moreover, the bus fare in the metropolitan cities is now Tk 1.70 per km. It has been re-fixed at Tk 2.15 per km. Bus fare for per kilometer of distance has been raised by 45 paisa.
At present, the minibus fare in the metropolitan cities is Tk 1.60 per km. It has been re-fixed at Tk 2.05. Minibus fare for per kilometer of distance has been raised by 45 paisa.
Following the price hike of diesel and kerosene, the transport owners and workers enforced nationwide indefinite transport strike from Friday (Nov 5) morning, suspending operation of buses and trucks. It caused immense sufferings to people across the country.