Long-route bus operators are charging extra from passengers on their way to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in different districts, alleged passengers.
The operators are extracting much higher than the government-fixed fares especially for air-conditioned buses ahead of the religious festival against the backdrop of huge demand, they added.
Like every year, the operators allegedly increased bus fares on almost all routes this year also ahead of Eid.
The government has fixed fares for inter-district buses with 30, 40 and 51 seats which operate from Gabtoli, Mohakhali and Saidabad terminals in Dhaka.
No fare have, however, been fixed for air-conditioned buses.
Different transport operators are allegedly charging much higher than the fare they usually charge for air-conditioned buses on different routes.
‘I sent my family to Khulna on June 6 on a Kanak Paribahan AC bus and they charged Tk 700 for each seat, but the same transport operators charged Tk 1,100 for a journey to Khulna from Dhaka on June 15,’ said Mokhlesur Rahman, a Rampura resident.
The fare fixed by the government for a journey to Khulna is Tk 752 for buses operated from Gabtoli terminal and Tk 314 and Tk 307 for 51-seated and 30-seated buses operated from Saidabad terminal.
Countermen of Ena Transport (Pvt.) Ltd at Mohakhali bus terminal said that they were charging Tk 600 and Tk 1,000 for non-AC and AC bus seats on Dhaka-Rangpur route.
The government fixed the fare on the route at Tk 437 and at Tk 448 for 51-seated and 30-seated buses.
The same company is charging Tk 470 and Tk 1,200 for non-AC and AC seats on Dhaka-Sylhet route.
The government-fixed fare for the route is Tk 356 and Tk 358 for 51-seated and 30-seated buses.
Shohagh Paribahan (Pvt.) Ltd is charging Tk 615 and Tk 1,300 for non-AC and AC buses on Dhaka-Jessore route.
Ticket fare for the route ranged from Tk 448 to Tk 484 from capital’s Gabtoli terminal as per government-fixed rate.
Recently three special vigilance teams for the terminals in Dhaka have been formed with representatives from Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, two Dhaka city corporations and associations of transport operators and workers, to monitor ticket fares and check charging extra fare during Eid.
A monitoring committee was also formed to supervise the vigilance teams.
One of the team members, BRTA Dhaka division deputy director Md Masud Alam claimed that they were regularly investigating the allegations of excessive fare.
‘We are yet to fix fare of AC bus tickets as price and maintenance costs of different AC buses vary significantly,’ he said adding that a process was ongoing to fix the fares.
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