Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)-The reduced bus fare which was scheduled to be effective in Bangladesh from May 15 now will come into effect from May 20, said Bangladesh’s transport minister on Monday.
Earlier on May 3, the Bangladesh government slashed the fare for the long-haul buses by 3 paisa per kilometre, which was termed as ‘not enough’.
The bus fare was reduced as the Bangladesh government cut the fuel prices on April 25.
Obaidul Quader, the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, declared the new date for implementing the reduced price when he paid a visit at Gabtoli Bus Terminal, a renowned bus terminal in Dhaka, on Monday.
The minister’s visit was a part to oversee the activities of a Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) team meant for monitoring the implementation of the new bus fare.
As per government’s revised decision, buses will charge Tk 1.42 instead of Tk 1.45 per kilometre.
A passenger will have to pay around BDT 352 instead of around BDT 359 for travelling to Chittagong from Dhaka.
In the case of travelling to Rajshahi, a passenger will have to pay BDT 368 instead of around BDT 375; around BDT 415 instead of around BDT 423 to Khulna and around BDT 357 instead of around BDT 364 to Sylhet from Dhaka.
Most of the long-route buses run on diesel in Bangladesh.
The fare of CNG-converted public transport, however, will remain unchanged.
On April 25, the government cut fuel prices by BDT 3 to BDT 10.
The price of diesel and kerosene had been reduced to BDT 65 from BDT 68 a litre, octane to BDT 89 from 99 and petrol to BDT 86 from 96.