Rising fuel prices lead to transport chaos

August 08, 2022, 08:40

Last modification: 08 August 2022, 08:59

More pressure on inflation as fuel prices soar: After the new fuel prices took effect, car and motorbike owners paid about 50% more than previous rates for fuel. gasoline and octane. The photo was taken at a petrol station in the capital’s Paribagh district on Saturday. Photo: Rajib Dhar

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More pressure on inflation as fuel prices soar: After the new fuel prices took effect, car and motorbike owners paid about 50% more than previous rates for fuel. gasoline and octane. The photo was taken at a petrol station in the capital’s Paribagh district on Saturday. Photo: Rajib Dhar

Rising fuel prices have led to public transport disarray, leaving commuters with higher fares and fewer vehicles on the roads.

Commodity prices, particularly vegetables, also increased due to fewer trucks than usual being put into service and truck tariffs rising, although truck owners claimed that they didn’t raise the prices.

A 24-hour strike by tanker owners demanding higher tariffs and commissions, which was later withdrawn, was an additional concern for the Khulna region as it cut off fuel oil supplies to 14 southern districts .

Launch owners are also looking to double waterway fares.

Commuters in Dhaka, especially office and school workers, suffered on the roads on Sunday like the day before with less transport on the roads. In addition, those who offered their services charged more than the rates announced by the government.

Hundreds were seen waiting at various junctions and bus stops hoping to get a ride.

Mr. A. Khaleq, owner of a Bihang Paribahan bus, said: “We operate all buses to avoid clashes between bus staff and passengers over fares. Once the fare table is ready, it will not there will be no more problems.”

BRTA Director and Spokesman Mahbub E Rabbani said: “The new tariff table will be completed today and it will be uploaded to our website.”

Since there were less buses on the roads, the demand for rickshaws was high and they charged extra. CNG auto rickshaws and ride-sharing bikers also charged extra fares, according to commuters.

Vegetable prices have risen

Prices of all kinds of vegetables rose in a day after the government announced the fuel price hike on Friday night.

“Prices of basic necessities keep going up. Now the price of transportation to my office in Motijheel from Mirpur-10 has also gone up,” said Samdani Shadin, a private service holder.

“It’s hard enough to survive on my meager salary of only Tk22,000. Now with the increased expenses, I don’t know how I’m going to cope,” added Shadin, a father-of-one. ‘a year.

Leafy vegetable prices increased by Tk 5 per bundle and vegetable prices jumped by Tk 5 per kg at Karwan Bazar and Kalyanpur Bazar in the capital.

Mohammad Rashed, a vegetable seller, said the price of greens and vegetables had risen due to increased transport costs.

“Now buyers are also buying less. As a result, my daily sales have also gone from around Tk 6,000 to Tk 3,000,” he said.

The truck fare for transporting Kushtia vegetables to Dhaka has risen from Tk 13,000 to Tk 17,000, traders said.

In addition, the prices of rice, potatoes and onions could increase, they fear.

Request for cancellation of fuel price increase

Owners of trucks and soft-top vans have demanded an immediate withdrawal of rising diesel and octane prices.

“We have not asked to increase the tariffs due to the increase in the price of fuel, because it will lead to an increase in the prices of basic products,” said Md Tofazzal Hossain Mozumder, president of the Owners Association, on Sunday. of covered vans from Bangladesh.

“We demand the withdrawal of the increase in the price of gasoline and octane. Imported diesel must be subsidized for the time being and its price must also remain normal,” he said.

“According to the Prime Minister’s remark, octane and gasoline are produced in the country. So our question is why prices have increased,” Tofazzal said.

“Now owners have stopped driving trucks to avoid losses as oil prices have risen,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Khulna Tanker Owners Association suspended the strike on Sunday afternoon after suspending oil transport for hours.

They announced a 24-hour shutdown and suspended the transport of fuel oil in 14 districts since Sunday morning, demanding an increase in tanker rates and a commission on the sale of fuel oil.

Launch owners demand double the fare

Meanwhile, launch owners have written to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) asking them to increase launch fares.

They requested that the rate per kilometer of 2.30 Tk for a distance of 100 km be increased to 4.60 Tk and that the rate of 2 Tk for a distance greater than 100 km be increased to 4.60 Tk.

They mentioned in their letter that the rise in the price of fuel oil and the increase in the dollar price in the world market has led to a 200% increase in the prices of moving parts and engines.

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