It has been alleged that those who are coming home from Dhaka to get close to their relatives on the occasion of Eid are being charged extra money for selling advance tickets back to Dhaka. According to the complaints of the passengers, the bus owners and their organizations have increased the fare at the rate of minimum 100 and maximum 500 rupees per ticket.
However, the bus owners have denied the allegation of charging extra fare. Enamul Haque, owner of the Royal Express bus plying on the Chuadanga-Dhaka route, claimed that the chair coaches were being rented by the government.
Enamul Haque claimed that the fare has been increased at a tolerable rate on the occasion of Eid. But in normal time this rent is 550 rupees but 850 rupees is being taken ahead of Eid. And the owners have determined the cost of air-conditioned (AC) bus fare.
Advance tickets for return to Dhaka at the end of Eid have already started selling. Most of the transport tickets are on the way to the end. According to the transport owners and workers, the fare will be charged at 10 days before Eid and 10 days after Eid.
It is learned that hundreds of buses leaving from Alamdanga, Hatboalia, Karpasdanga, Darshana, Jivannagar and Mujibnagar of Meherpur in Chuadanga district travel to Dhaka every day. Among these buses, there are more than 50 buses of Royal Express. In addition, more than 50 buses of Chuadanga Deluxe, Purbasha Paribahan, Darshana Deluxe, JR Paribahan operate.
Speaking to the aggrieved passengers, it was learned that the fare for chair coaches (non-AC) is being increased from Tk 550 to Tk 750 from the counters of these transports. Apart from this, more than 300 to 500 rupees is being collected per passenger in AC buses in Manvede. Of this, one J AC bus ticket has been increased from Tk 800 to Tk 1,000, RM2 AC bus ticket has been increased from Tk 1,100 to Tk 1,400 and Scania Hydek (HD) bus ticket has been increased from Tk 1,300 to Tk 1,600.
AKM Moinuddin, general secretary of the Chuadanga District Road Transport Owners Association, told Prothom Alo that bus owners do not get much profit even if they charge a little extra fare before and after Eid.
He claimed that despite the pressure of passengers on the Dhaka-Chuadanga route before Eid, the route to Dhaka was almost passenger-free. Similarly, after Eid, passengers have to go from Chuadanga to Dhaka, but they have to return from Dhaka by empty car. One-way passengers often do not cost much. For this, the rent is slightly increased and the cost is adjusted.