A meeting between Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and other stakeholders concluded without making any decision on Thursday evening, as the public transport owners refused to accept half fare from students.
The meeting started at BRTA headquarters at 3:30pm in the capital that continued for one and a half hours this afternoon.
Leaders of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association said that the government has not been providing any subsidies for private bus services while severe traffic congestion also reduced the number of trips in the city roads.
Half fare of students will highly cost the bus owners, they claimed.
Meanwhile, BRTA has proposed to hold discussion over half fare within next seven days.
Md Nazrul Islam, Secretary of Road Transport and Highway Division said that “Students have been demanding half fare during demonstrations in different areas of Dhaka. We are trying to resolve the matter.”
The government can’t force any decision on the bus owners without discussion as they can call a transport strike, he said, adding that “In the next meeting, Education Ministry and bus owners will submit separate proposals over the half fare where a decisive decision will be taken.”
Secretary of Secondary and Higher Secondary Division, law enforcers, representatives of public transport owners also attended the meeting headed by the Road Transport and Highway Division Secretary.
Earlier on Tuesday, college students in Dhaka threatened to demonstrate if their two-point demand, including half fare for bus rides for them, is not met within 48 hours.
Later, students from Dhaka City College and other adjacent colleges expressed solidarity with them and joined the demonstration, halting traffic on the busy road.
The students have been staging demonstrations since November 18, demanding half fare on public transport for students.