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12:00 AM, July 13, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 13, 2008

Fare hike

With a deep sense of helplessness and regret, we observe and undergo, on a regular basis, the perils of commuting. Take the bus fare and the new system introduced for the commuters' convenience, for example, in Chittagong. There are as many as four to five bus routes here, but the number of buses operating appears to be extremely inadequate. As a result, along with the new arrangement for buying tickets, passengers have to undergo some unprecedented trouble: a passenger on the route 10, for example, has two or three different bus services available.
Now what is most appalling is that the passengers have to pay the increased bus fare, and have to wait for the buses on the roadside narrow footpath, if any, or on the road in a state of extreme uncertainty.
These being the horrendous cases on the roads, there is another peril waiting for the passengers of the CNG driven taxies. With a tight traffic system imposed on the roads for quite a long time back the taxies started, though reluctantly, the meter-based service. These days, however, in the wake of the fuel price hike, they, the taxi drivers, charge some staggeringly high fares.
Small wonder, perils in our land, however, keep on piling and mounting in diverse ways. We strongly urge the government to take effective measures to save the commuters.

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