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Train passengers to pay higher fare from May 4

Published : Tuesday, 23 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 73

Passenger train fares are set to increase from May 4 as Bangladesh Railway (BR) has decided to stop rebating fares of passengers travelling over 100 kilometres.

Currently, BR gives a 20-30 percent rebate for those travelling over 100km, meaning the fares for most destinations will rise if this rebate is cancelled, officials said.

BR on Monday published a circular on national daily Jugantor, mentioning that it will not provide the rebate facility, that has been in place since 1992, from May 4.

Accordingly a passenger who will travel more than 100km from May 4 has to pay higher fare than the existing rate.

The fare rebates are: 20 percent for a passenger travelling between 101km and 150km; 25 percent for 251km to 400km and 30 percent rebate for distances over 401km. All of these rebates are going to be cancelled.

However, the fare up to 100km will remain unchanged, which means fares of several local trains operating on routes like Dhaka-Narayanganj or Dhaka-Joydebpur will likely remain the same, railway officials said.

Once the rebate will be lifted fare of most of the trains will increase ultimately," they said. The last time BR hiked fares was in February 2016, by 7.23 percent.

According to the BR Information Book-2021, the average distance travelled by a passenger is 152.48km.

Before that in October 2012, both passenger and freight train fares were raised by 50 percent to improve services and reduce railway losses, and that move came after 20 years.

BR operates 367 passenger trains and 42 freight trains daily on 3,554km of rail tracks.







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