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Rickshaw fares have been fixed for Dhaka University (DU) campus, addressing the long-standing complaints of the teachers and students.
The new fares are set to be effective from Sunday.
Initially, one hundred rickshaw pullers will be provided with prescribed clothes to implement prescribed fares. Fare lists will also be posted at specific stops
The minimum fare has been set at Tk15 and the maximum at Tk40.
The University Chhatra League has worked proactively with the administration on this demand of ordinary students.
According to the prescribed fare, students can go to TSC, Neelkhet Mukti and Gonotantrik Toran for Tk20 and Shaheed Minar, Curzon Hall for Tk30 from Hall Para.
The rickshaw fares from TSC Shahidullah Hall, Bakshibazar, and Neelkhet have been set at Tk20, while fares from Sufia Kamal Hall and Amar Ekushey Hall have been fixed at Tk30.
From TSC Shahidullah Hall, Bakshibazar, Neelkhet Tk20 and Sufia Kamal Hall, Amar Ekushey Hall Tk30 has been fixed.
Dhaka University Proctor Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman said that this initiative is not new; it was implemented during the pandemic.
“Due to Covid-19, there was a delay in its effective implementation. University students had been complaining for a long time, especially female students, about being charged extra fare by rickshaw pullers. Our teachers also raised complaints about this issue,” he added.
Former Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) member and General Secretary of DU unit Chhatra League Tanvir Hasan Saikat said after being elected in 2019, the initiative was taken to regulate rickshaw fares in the Dhaka University area by holding discussions with rickshaw pullers and students.
As part of this effort, a list of fixed fares was established at various important locations on the campus, and 16 zones were identified for rickshaw parking.
He added Dhaka University proctor has handed over the list of fixed fares.