Decision to cut bus fare on Monday: Quader

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Dhaka, April 29: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said that the government will sit on Monday to discuss with transport owners on the issue of re-fixation of fare following re-adjustment of fuel prices.

“Since the fuel prices had been lowered—so the transport fare should also go down. Decision will be taken on Monday after the meeting with the transport owners, which will be held at the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) office,” he told reporters while visiting the construction work of an underpass at Tetuibari under Gazipur district on the Nabinagar-Chandra highway.

Minister’s remark came following demands for reduction of transport fare from different organizations who staged human chain and rallies shortly after the fuel prices were reduced.

Earlier on April 25, the government reduced the prices of petrol-octane by TK 10 per liter while diesel-kerosene by Tk 3.

The minister said after the fuel prices were increased the transport owners also raised their fares in the past—so, with the latest lowering of fuel prices the fares should go down.

Besides, the minister also made some remarks on the recent spate of killings by suspected militants.

He also criticized US secretary of State John Kerry’s phone call to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday on the Kalabagan double murder.

“There are killings in the USA. A Bangladeshi couple living in California was murdered at their residence. Kerry showed no concern about that but telephoned Bangladesh’s Prime Minister on Kalabagan murder and gave statement,” Obaidul Quader said.

He said the recent killings were organized and targeted and the government is very tough about them.

“There is no scope to let of any killers,” Quader added.

Regarding the ongoing Union Parishad (UP) polls, the minister claimed that UP elections were being fair.

“Excepting few stray incidents—the first phase of UP polls in the country were fair—but there were violent incidents during the second phase. The third pahse more or less peaceful and hope that  the next phases will also be marked to the same trend like the 3rd phase,” Obaidul Quader, who is also a Presidium Member of rul;ing party Awami League, said.

Among others, superintendent engineer of roads anf highways Sabuj Uddin Khan, executive engineer of Manikganj Mohibul Huq and deputy chief engineer of Gazipur zone KBM Saddam Hossain were present during minister’s visit.

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