The students have taken to the streets halting buses to press for their demand of half fare. The public transport owners are refusing to cut the fare half for students.
The standoff has plunged the city’s public transportation into further chaos causing huge sufferings to the commuters.
The government on November 3 raised the prices of diesel and kerosene by Tk 15 per litre Shortly after this the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) increased the fares for intra-city and inter-district buses by 26.5% and 27% respectively following an indefinite strike by transport owners on November 7.
However, complaints have been in plenty that the transport workers are charging the passengers beyond this fixed rate.
Moreover, passenger who protested this anarchy suffered harassment by transport workers, even a rape threat to a female student.
On November 20, a 2nd year student of Badrunnesa College wanted to pay half bus fare and an assistant of a driver of a bus of ‘Thikana Paribahan’ threatened to rape her.
Such a situation has occurred as there is a lack of coordination in the monitoring system.
Besides, the transport workers are picking up or dropping off passengers at any place of their choice instead of designated bus stop.
Passengers are spending a lot of money and time due to the chaotic movement of public transport in the capital.