The National Committee for the Protection of Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR) yesterday called on the government to cut the subway fare by 50%.
The organization made the request a day after Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader announced that the government had set the metro fare at Tk 5 per kilometer.
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From Uttara to Motijheel, for the entire length of the 20.10 km service, the fare would be Tk 100 while the lowest ticket price would be Tk 20.
A statement released by NCPSRR Chairman Md Shahid Mia and Secretary General Ashis Kumar Dey criticized the government’s decision.
Leaders of the civic organization have said that when the minimum fare for private buses is set at Tk10, almost double the fare for public transport – the metro – is completely “unfair, unexpected and unacceptable”.
It will only increase people’s travel expenses, they said.
The cost of transportation has increased significantly due to rising fuel prices. At the same time, with the rampant rise in the prices of essential goods, including medicines, the cost of living has increased by more than 40%.
The statement said people on low and fixed incomes, especially those living in Dhaka, are struggling to support their families.
The organization demanded that the minimum fare for this state-run transport be reduced by 50% to 10 Tk and that the fare per km be reduced from 5 Tk to 3 Tk.
The long-awaited metro will be partially launched in December this year. In the first phase, the metro will run from Uttara to Agargaon. The fare for this route would be Tk 60 per person.