BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has criticized the government for increasing the bus fares, and said the move has been taken to serve the interests of the owners.
He came with the allegation at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Monday.
“It’s completely an inhuman decision. The low-income people usually use the buses. The government has hiked the bus fares to serve the interests of owners and indulge in plundering and corruption,” Fakhrul observed.
Earlier on Sunday, the government reset fares of long-haul buses and minibuses across the country, hiking those by 60 percent to offset losses for transport owners as their vehicles will carry 50 percent less passengers to contain the transmission of coronavirus.
It said the new bus fares will be applicable during the coronavirus crisis period and the existing ones would be reinstated once the nation gets rid of the crisis.
The bus services resumed in the country from today (Monday) after over two months of suspension due to the coronavirus shutdown.
Fakhrul said the government could have taken more time to withdraw the shutdown and resume the offices and transport services as per the suggestions of the experts.
He also said it not possible to check overcrowding in bus, trains and launches in Bangladesh.