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Students stage demo demanding half bus fare

  • Special Correspondent
  • 19 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Students stage demo demanding half bus fare

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Students of Dhaka College on Thursday staged demonstration in city roads demanding implementation of half bus fare for all students. 

They also blocked the busy Gulistan-Gabtali road for some time, hindering traffic movement there.

The agitating students also protested charging of extra fare from the passengers in buses plying the city roads.

The authorities concerned must hold talks with bus owners to implement half bus fare for all students, some protesters demanded.

They announced that they would go for tougher movement if the matter is not addressed by Saturday.

Later, some teachers of the college managed to persuade the demonstrators for clearing the road, assuring them of discussing the issue with the authorities concerned.

New Market Police Station OC Kaiyum said vehicular movement was normal on Thursday afternoon. On the other hand, workers of many transport companies on some city roads, including Mirpur route, kept their buses off from plying for the third consecutive day on Thursday demanding permission to continue their ‘seating and gate-lock’ services.

Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation was conducting mobile courts for the last few days to ensure that buses follow the new fare chart fixed the government.

Earlier on November 11, the transport owners promised to stop the ‘seating and gate-lock’ bus services after the government had agreed to raise fares in the wake of diesel price hike.

Leaders of the transport owners’ association claimed that some errant transport workers did not run buses on Thursday defying the owners’ decision. Passengers alleged that many buses continued to charge extra fare.

Harassment of passengers in the name of seating service and gate- lock services has also increased.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that legal action would be taken against those who collect extra fare in public transport.

He made the remarks in response to a question from reporters after a program at Tejgaon Women's College in the capital on Thursday.

The Home Minister said, "We are monitoring the collection of extra fare in public transport."

The BRTA has met with the transport owners and workers and fixed the new bus fare, he said.