Govt increases bus fare by 60pc

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The government has increased the fare of public transport by 60 per cent from Wednesday to compensate bus owners for carrying 50 per cent less passengers than capacity to prevent the transmission of novel coronavirus, said Road Transport and Bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday morning.

Passengers will have to pay the extra fare from Wednesday.

The government has increased bus fare by 60 per cent in response to the bus owners' demands following a government directive to run buses and minibuses with 50 per cent passengers as coronavirus transmission has risen again in the country.

On Monday the government issued a directive to carry 50 per cent of passengers capacity on public transport to contain the spread of coronavirus. The bus owners made the demand in a meeting with the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) on Monday.

Meanwhile, the railway authorities have decided to operate all passenger trains with 50 per cent passengers as a measure to control the situation due to the recent surge in coronavirus infection.

The order will remain in force until further notice. Apart from this, railway authorities have been instructed to comply with health guidelines.

The country has recorded the highest number of infections in a single day. A total of 5,181 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in 24 hours as of Tuesday. Some 45 people have died in the last 24 hours.