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Commuters bear the brunt of fuel price hike: BJKS 

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (BJKS), an organisation that deals with passengers’ rights and welfare, said that the government hiked the bus and launch fare as per the prescriptions of transport owners to give them a chance of making undue profits.

Rejecting the increased fare, the organisation demanded that the government review the spike in fare and re-fix it reasonably that would be acceptable to passengers.

BJKS Secretary General Md Mozammel Haque Chowdhury raised the demand at a press conference at the auditorium of Shishu Kalyan Parishad in the city’s Segunbagicha on Monday.

He alleged that the government increased the bus and launch fares without holding any talks with passengers’ representatives and satisfied the demands from bus and launch owners.

“The way the bus fare has increased in Dhaka and Chattogram metropolises is a kind of oppression. After the increase in the CNG price, the fare went up and after the increase in the diesel price, the fare rose once again. Low-and-middle-income people have been left with a major crisis,” he said.

He requested the government to identify CNG-run and diesel-run buses in the two big cities.

“While analysing the cost of determining the fare, old buses have been shown  as new and false information has been provided regarding the salaries and bonuses of drivers and helpers,” he said.

According to BJKS secretary general, bank loans have also been shown on 20-year-old buses and the fare has been increased from Tk 1.42 to Tk 1.80. He said if proper expenditure analysis had been made, it would have been fixed at Tk 1.60.

He said that in the last one decade several new launches worth Tk 3-4 crore have been added to waterway transportation which has the capacity to carry 1500 to 2000 passengers and need thousands of taka to maintain.

“The number of luxurious launches is not more than 20-30, but the cost of these big launches has been taken into consideration in determining the fare. As a result, the fare has doubled,” Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said.

He demanded that the government fix Tk 1.80 per km for large launches (with a capacity of 1500 to 2000 passengers) and Tk 1.20 per km for small boats, dinghy boats, launches and trawlers (with a capacity of 150 to 500 passengers).

Sharifuzzaman Sharif, an advisory council member of the organisation, its vice president Tauhidul Haque Liton, joint secretary general M Manirul Haque and publicity secretary Anwar Hossain, among others, spoke at the programme.