|Published : 18 Sep 2016, 17:04:21|
Bus fares go up mysteriously
Bus passengers travelling in and around Dhaka have been inconvenienced with bus fares going up mysteriously. That was the situation on Sunday until the law-enforcers intervened.
Hundreds were seen stranded at Sayedabad Bus Terminal in the city for long hours today.
Gazipur-bound ‘Balaka Paribahan’ was reportedly charging more than the normal fare for tickets.
According to commuters, the local buses plying to Gazipur and Tongi have been refusing to take passengers for any other destinations on the way other than the two towns.
The doors of most of the buses plying from Sayedabad’s Janapath Intersection were seen locked around 11am.
The bus conductors charged Tk 100 for Gazipur and Tk 50 for other destinations, such as Mohakhali, Banani and Airport Railway Station.
Mojiron Begum, an Eid holidaymaker who arrived in Dhaka from Chandpur district in the morning, failed to board any bus for Moghbazar in the heart of the city.
She said: “I tried to get on four or five buses. None took me in. They demand Tk 50 for going to Moghbazar.”
When asked why all the buses were suddenly offering “seating service only,” a driver named Sujon said: “Everyone is charging Tk 100, so we are doing the same. You go to the association’s office if you need to say something.”
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Demra Division Additional Commissioner Gobinda Chandra Pal held out the assurance of appropriate action in the matter.
Around 11:30am, some traffic sergeants were seen helping passengers get on buses at Sayedabad’s Janapath Intersection.
Then the situation returned to normal gradually in other parts of the city, according to a news agency. -bz