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BRTA recommends 80 pc hike in bus fare

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Staff Reporter :
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has recommended raising bus fare by 80 percent as owners have been directed to carry 50 per cent passengers to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
"Road, Transport and Bridges Ministry will take the final decision" BRTA acting Chairman Yunus Ali Molla told the media.
The government on Thursday issued a gazette notification allowing limited operation of public transport and offices from May 31 to June 15 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
It said public transports - buses, trains and vessels - will have to maintain health guidelines.The notification also said that all government, semi-government and autonomous offices will resume under self-management but ailing staff and pregnant women have been asked to refrain from joining work.
50% bus seats must be kept vacant
Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said 50% seats of buses must be kept empty while plying on roads from Sunday.
Moreover, passengers will have to maintain 3 feet distance from each other while travelling, he said while briefing journalists from his residence.
Stern action will be taken against the people concerned for failure to abide by the government directives, he mentioned.
The minister also remarked that passengers, drivers, helpers, and counter worker must wear face masks while hand sanitizer, soaps, and hand washing facilities must be made available at terminals.
He directed bus owners, labourers' organisations, and other stakeholders to form terminal-based monitoring team and arrange counselling for drivers and helpers to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
The government on Thursday issued a gazette notification allowing limited operation of public transport and offices from May 31 to June 15.
It said public transports-buses, trains and vessels-will have to maintain health guidelines.
The notification also said that all government, semi-government and autonomous offices will resume under self-management but ailing staff and pregnant women have been asked to refrain from joining work.

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