Train fare hike likely

Bangladesh Railway proposed a hike in train fares as the state-owned entity suffered a staggering loss of over Tk 10 billion in the last fiscal year.

The train passengers will have to pay an additional 14 paisa per kilometre if the government revises the fares as per the BR proposal.

Officials said the railway authorities sent a proposal to the communications ministry for fixing the fare at Tk 0.38 per km for each passenger. The per km fare on trains is now Tk 0.24 with some exceptions. Railway records show that no governments since 1992 have increased the train fare. “We sent the proposal for raising the fares on Tuesday. We are yet to get any response from the ministry,” M Shahjahan, additional director general (operation), told daily sun on Wednesday. He said the fare hike is a crying need as the railway has been charging as per the rates fixed in 1992 when the price of one litre diesel was Tk 13 against present price of Tk 51. The official said his department had also proposed previous governments to increase the train fares, but they all refused it.

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