Friday, 21 January, 2022

No hike in train fare, says Sujon

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 November, 2021 12:00 AM
  • Print news
No hike in train fare, says Sujon

Railway Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon on Saturday said no decision had been taken to increase railway fares despite the hike in fuel prices in the country.

The minister said this in response to a question from a journalist at Kamalapur Railway Station on Saturday.

“We have not yet taken any decision to increase train fare. If we suffer huge losses due to fuel price hike, we may consider raising the fare,” the minister said.

The minister on Saturday re-inaugurated the intercity train stoppage at Brahmanbaria Railway Station which was damaged by miscreants during violence on 26 March this year.

He distributed flowers to the passengers of Jayantika Express train after re-launching the train service at the station.

Referring to Bangladesh Railway (BR) as a service-oriented institution, the minister said, “We are committed to provide easy and comfortable service to the people through overall development of railways.”

The minister also urged the people to be aware of the dangers of throwing stones at the train.

Regarding the violence at Brahmanbaria station, the minister said, “Those, who are against independence and do not want Bangladesh, caused such incidents. Legal action has been taken against them.”

On March 26, the station master's room, operating room, VIP room, chief booking assistant's room, ticket counter, panel board, signal equipment, signal box, level crossing gate and other installations were vandalized.     The miscreants also set fire to the railway properties at the station. Bangladesh Railway (BR) suffered a loss of Tk 2.5 crore due to the violence.

After the violent incident, BR suspended intercity train service at Brahmanbaria station. Now it has been re-launched after eight months. From Saturday on, every train will stop at the station.

At Brahmanbaria station, 14 intercity, eight mail and four commuter trains used to stop daily.