Bus fare becomes close to air fare on Dhaka-Ctg route!
Published : Sunday, 31 May, 2020 at 11:21 PM Count : 215
Public transports including buses and minibuses will start plying on the roads in Dhaka city from tomorrow (Monday).
The government has already issued a gazette notification raising the bus-minibus fares by a whopping 60 per cent. In some cases bus fares have reached near the plane fares.
Despite the widespread sufferings of people across the country due to onging coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges issued a gazette notification on Sunday raising the bus fares by 60 per cent.
It was stated in the gazette notification that the government increased fares by 60 per cent for inter-district and long-route buses and minibuses from the rate of fares (Tk 1.42 per passenger for per kilometre) announced by Road Transport and Highways Division on May 3, 2016.
Besides, 50 per cent seats of a bus or mini-bus must remain vacant, while physical and social distancing must be maintained. No standing passenger would be allowed in the buses and minibuses.
Due to 60 per cent hike of bus and minibus fares, Dhaka to Chittagong bus fares will reach almost near to the Dhaka to Chattogram plane fares though the airplanes will be carrying the same number of passengers of their capacity like the buses and minibuses.
The existing fare for Dhaka to Chattogram airconditioned buses is maximum Tk 1,250. Due to the government's fresh hike of fares, the Dhaka-Chattogram airconditioned buses fares will stand at maximum Tk 2,000, though the passengers will be able to fly from Dhaka to Chattogram by planes at minimum Tk 2,500 from June 1.
Civil Aviation and Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) and airlines sources said three airlines--Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Novo Air and US-Bangla Airlines will operate 24 flights a week on domestic routes from Monday.
The domestic flights on Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet and Syedpur routes will be operational from June 1 strictly in accordance with the CAAB guideline.
According to the CAAB the guideline, all airlines have to keep at least 30 per cent of its seats vacant on each flight to ensure social distancing by keeping at least one seat vacant between two passengers if they are not from the same family.
About the seat planning, it further instructed that seats on the front and back rows must remain vacant for carrying any passenger to be found suspected of contracting coronavirus.
All staffers of airlines will have to wear masks, gloves and disposable head caps while dealing with passengers at the check-in counters while cabin crew will wear N95 or equivalent protection facial masks, goggles, disposable rubber gloves and change facial masks every four hours, said the guideline.