Railway ministry sent fare hike proposal to PM

Staff Correspondent

The railways minister Md Mazibul Hoque on Thursday said they had sent a proposal to the Prime Minister’s Office to increase train fares by 7.8 per cent.
Speaking at a function inaugurating Wi-Fi service at the Rail Bhaban, he also said they had proposed to increase the fare by February of this year.
He said the process of hike in train fares would be continued every year by adjusting to fuel prices and other costs.
The proposal will be implemented after the Prime Minister’s approval, he said.
Mazibul Hoque said passengers were getting free internet service at Kamalapur, Dhaka airport and Chittagong stations through Wi-Fi.
The system will be introduced to all trains gradually, he added.
The ceremony was attended, among others, by railways ministry secretary Feroz Salauddin.
Earlier on January 12 the parliamentary standing committee on railways ministry recommended an increase in train fares.
On October 1, 2012, BR increased passenger and freight fare by 50 and 115 per cent, which was the first fare hike in 20 years.

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