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15 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 March, 2019 11:04:14 PM
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40pc hike in train fares likely

DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka
40pc hike in train fares likely

After three years, the government is planning to increase by 40 per cent passenger train fares and freight rates on an average. The plan, which is likely to come in effect soon, comes in keeping with the prescription of the donor agency, Asian Development Bank (ADB), with a view to adjusting the operational and maintenance cost of the state owned railways. The director general (DG) of Bangladesh Railway recently sent a proposal to increase train fares to the Ministry of Railways, seeking permission to raise fares from the existing 39 paisa per kilometre to 45 paisa, sources in the ministry Bangladesh Railways said.

After receiving the proposal, the ministry is scrutinising it and will hold a meeting soon to raise fares, the sources added. Joint secretary (Development) in the Ministry of Railways, Ahmed Murshed, told The Independent that they will hold a meeting with the officials concerned to take a decision.

“It would be decided at the meeting how much would be the increase,” he said.

According to the proposal, on the Dhaka-Chittagong route, the price of Shobhan chair ticket will go up to Tk. 465 from Tk. 345 and AC chair ticket Tk. 1,070 from Tk. 656.

On the Dhaka-Rajshahi route, the price of Shobhan chair ticket will increase to Tk. 465 from Tk. 340 and AC chair ticket Tk. 1,070 from Tk. 656.

On the Dhaka-Dinajpur route, the price of Shobhan chair ticket will go up to Tk. 630 from Tk. 465 and AC chair ticket Tk. 1,380 from Tk. 990.

On the Dhaka-Panchagarh route, the price of Shobhan chair ticket will increase to Tk. 675 from Tk. 550 and AC chair ticket Tk. 1,553 from Tk. 1,053.

On the Dhaka-Rangpur route, Dhaka-Lalmanithat route and Dhaka-Khulna route, the price of Shobhan chair ticket will be Tk. 630, up from Tk. 505, and AC chair ticket Tk. 1,449 from Tk 966.

On the Dhaka-Dewanganj route, the price of Shobhan chair ticket will be Tk. 330, up from Tk. 255 and AC chair ticket Tk. 633 from Tk. 426.

According to the proposal, the price of a Shulov ticket would be increased to Tk. 45 from Tk. 35, Shobhan ticket to be raised to Tk. 55 from Tk. 45, Shobhan chair ticket would be increased to Tk. 65 from Tk. 50, chair ticket (non-AC) would be Tk. 110 from Tk. 90, Snighdha (AC chair) would go up to Tk. 110 from Tk. 90, first berth ticket (non-AC) would be Tk. 130 from Tk. 110, and AC berth ticket Tk. 165 from Tk. 130. But the price of second class tickets would not be raised. At present, the price of second class ticket is Tk. 5, second class mail ticket Tk. 15 and commuter ticket Tk. 20. These will remain unchanged.

On February 20, 2016, the authorities concerned had raised train fares and freight rates by 7.8 per cent. After 20 years, on October 1, 2012, the BR had increased train fares, ranging between 50 and 115 per cent.

The Bangladesh Railway system has a total length of 2,877.10  kilometres across the country; it carries 65 million passengers and 2.52 million tonnes of freight.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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