Bangladesh hikes bus fares up to 22pc

Bangladesh hikes bus fares up to 22pc

The government on Saturday increased the fares of diesel-run buses up to 22 per cent, effective from Sunday across Bangladesh.

The fares of diesel-powered buses and minibuses running on inter-district and long routes have been increased by 22 per cent to Tk 2.20 a kilometre from Tk 1.80.

The fares of buses running in Dhaka and Chattogram metropolitan cities have been increased by 16.27 per cent to Tk 2.50 a kilometre from Tk 2.15.

The minimum bus fares have been kept unchanged at Tk 10 in the cities.

The fares of buses and minibuses running in Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority areas — Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Narsingdi, Gazipur, Manikganj and Dhaka districts — have been increased by 17 per cent to Tk 2.40 a kilometre from Tk 2.05.

Road Transport and Highways division secretary ABM Amin Ullah Nuri announced the bus fare hike at a briefing after a meeting between Bangladesh Road Transport Authority officials and transport sector leaders at BRTA headquarters in the capital on Saturday.

The meeting for increasing bus fare was scheduled to be held just after revising fuel oils prices at the consumer level on Friday evening, raising the prices of petrol, diesel, octane and kerosene upto 51.68 per cent.