Whenever prices of daily necessary items and bus fare increase, those who suffer the most from it are the common people, in terms of monetary and socio-economic aspects. In the wake of rising fuel prices, bus fares have been hiked as demanded by transport owners. Against the 23 percent fuel price increase, bus fare is hiked by 27 percent.
According to the rescheduled fare, from now on, passengers will have to pay a minimum of Tk 8 for a bus ride in the metropolis and Tk 10 for a minibus, and for long-distance public transport, it has been finalized by Tk 1.80 per kilometre.
General people are the real
victims of the transport strike
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Common people are the real victims of the transport strike and the refixing of bus fares is the responsibility of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA). At the moment we are in a recovery period from the coronavirus pandemic and questions are raised that why the cost of fuel has now been raised which is a slap in the face of industries and also public transport. The pandemic has pushed thousands of people into poverty and now with this recent rise in fuel price ordinary citizens are facing the brunt of it again.
Regulatory bodies say that the price of fuel increased because of global price increases. However, we know that the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) had before made profits even when global prices fell and local prices remained the same.
Therefore, they can now use that profit to subsidise existing prices so that the bus fare also drops down. We hope the government will take this alternative option into account and take necessary steps so that the process of economic recovery is not hampered in coming days.