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Half bus fare for students in all cities from Dec 11

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Half bus fare for students in all cities from Dec 11

Students in all metropolitan cities, including Dhaka and Chattogram, will enjoy half fares in buses from December 11.

“Half fares in buses will be implemented for students from December 11 in Chattogram. Students in all metropolitan cities will be able to enjoy the same facility where city buses are being operated,” leader of transport owners Khandaker Enayet Ullah told a press conference at Chattogram Press Club on Sunday.

Transport owners took the decision in the wake of the protest of the students who have been demanding the half fare for a long time, said Enayet Ullah, secretary general of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners' Association.

Earlier on November 30, the public transport owners in Dhaka decided to halve the fares for students in the face of heated protests.

Students have been staging demonstrations since then, stating that people studying at educational institutes outside Dhaka city should not be treated any differently.

Like in Dhaka, students in all metropolitan areas will be charged half fares from 7:00am to 8:00pm every day, excluding weekends and public holidays, Enayet told the media.

However, they have to be in uniform and produce ID cards provided by their educational institutions to avail of the facility, he said, adding that hopefully the students will return to the educational institutions now.      When asked whether half fare would not be effective at the village level, Enayet Ullah said there was no decision or discussion in this regard.

On November 3, the government raised the prices of diesel and kerosene by Tk15 per litre, prompting transport owners to enforce an indefinite strike in the country on November 7 demanding a hike in bus fares.

Amid the woes of the public caused by the strike, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) raised the fares of city service and long-haul buses by around 27 percent. Following the fare hike, students started demonstrating on the streets of Dhaka demanding half fares in public transports.

The student protests gained traction with the added demand for road safety following the death of a Notre Dame College Student on November 24. Since then demonstrators have been blockading different streets and intersections of the city to press home their demands.

On November 29, another student, who took the SSC exams this year, was run over and killed by a bus in Dhaka’s Rampura.

The incident prompted an agitated mob to torch at least a dozen of buses in the area, and further stoked concerns over reckless driving and safety on roads.