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Bus fare on 13 southwestern routes to go up once Padma Bridge opens


Bus fare on 13 southwestern routes to go up once Padma Bridge opens

Bus fares on 13 southwestern routes will be increased to adjust the toll on Padma Bridge, said a Bangladesh Road Transport Authority circular on Wednesday (Jun 8).

The fare would be hiked by Tk 10 to Tk 11, said the circular signed by Sitangshu Shekhar Biswas, director (Engineering) of BRTA.

The authority also uploaded the latest bus fares on its website.

BRTA took the move following the fixation of the Padma Bridge toll rate last month.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate Padma Bridge on Jun 25. The longest bridge in the country will be opened to traffic on the following day, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said yesterday.

The new fare will be applicable from Jun 26 when the bridge will be opened for traffic.

However, the bus fare is likely to rise again when the government starts to impose a toll for using the Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga Expressway.

Roads and Highways Department said they are likely to start collecting tolls from the expressway from Jul 1 this year. But no order has been issued in this regard yet.

The new rate will be applicable for the buses that will start from Sayedabad But Terminal in Dhaka and not for buses from other inter-district terminals.

If the buses use other terminals other than Sayedabad, they have to take fresh route permit, BRTA officials said.

As per the circular, the updated fare chart for the routes are:

Dhaka-Bhanga-Madaripur-Barishal would be Tk 412

Tk 504 for Dhaka-Rajoir-Gopalganj

Tk 649 for Dhaka-Gopalganj-Khulna

Tk 218 for Dhaka-Zajira-Shariatpur

Tk 534 for Dhaka-Barishal-Pirojpur

Tk 628 for Dhaka-Gopalganj-Bagerhat-Pirojpur

Tk 501 for Dhaka-Barishal-Patuakhali

Tk 327 for Dhaka-Bhanga-Madaripur

Tk 633 for Dhaka-Gopalganj-Khulna-Shatkhira

Tk 288 for Dhaka-Bhanga-Faridpur,

Tk 653 for Dhaka-Madaripur-Barishal-Bhola-Char Fashion

Tk 219 for Dhaka-Buriganga second bridge-Shariatpur

And Tk 694 for Dhak -Madaripur-Barishal-Patuakhali-Kuakata

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