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No provision for half fare in private buses

Published : 25 Nov 2021 10:39 PM

There is no provision of half fare for students in private sector buses. 

Even the government does not provide any subsidy to private bus operators in this regard.

In the face of student protest, half bus fare may be introduced on the government buses operated under Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTA). 

Secretary-general of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity Khandaker Enayet Ullah made this comment while speaking at the samity's bi-annual general meeting and council session held at Engineering Institute in the capital on Thursday. 

"We will propose the authority concerned to introduce the half bus fare in the buses operated under BRTC. At the same time, I am urging all private bus operators not to humiliate students during their journey," said Enayet Ullah. 

Rajshahi divisional representative and joint general secretary of the organization Mohammad Manzoor said, "Anti-government protesters had incited students to come on the streets. Students are now demanding the introduction of half pass in the bus."

He drew the attention of the media in this regard. 

Representatives of 130 units of the organization took part in it. The meeting was  attended by all the officers of the Executive Council of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association and the councilors including the presidents and general secretaries of all the districts, branches / units across the country.

The president of the organization, Moshiur Rahman Ranga is presiding over it.

It is to be noted, bus fares have been hiked this month due to rising fuel prices. The students have been demanding half fare for a few days. A writ petition has also been filed in the High Court seeking directions to halve the fare for students on all types of public-private buses, launches and trains in the country.