Dhaka Traffic Coordination Authority (DTCA) has published the complete list of metro rail fares.
The notice of the organization on Thursday has informed how much the fare will be from one station to another station.
The fare from Uttara North Station (Diabari) to Agargaon Station, which will be opened first in December, has been fixed at Tk 60.
The fare from Pallabi station of Metrorail (MRT-6) to Mirpur 11, Mirpur 10 and Kazipara is Tk 20. Sheorapara and Agargaon rent is 30 taka. Fare from Mirpur 11 to Diabari and Agargaon is Tk 30. Mirpur 10, Kazipara, Sheorapara, Uttara South and Center fare is Tk 20. The fare from Mirpur 10 to Kazipara and Sheorapara is Tk 20. Agargaon rent is also 20 taka. Diabari rent is 40 taka.
Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader had earlier informed that the minimum fare in metro rail is Tk 20. Maximum 100 rupees. However, there is no opportunity to cross the road of 100 rupees this year. The Agargaon to Kamalapur section is expected to be operational by December next year.
DTCA has informed in the notification that the fare from Diabari to Motijheel and Kamalapur is Tk 100. The rent of TSC and secretariat is 90 taka. Kawranbazar and Shahbagh fare is 80 taka. Farmgate rent is 70 taka. Like Agargaon, Vijaysmarani also has a fare of 60 taka.
Areas around Diabari, Uttara Center and South Station are still uninhabited. Apart from these first three stations of MRT-6, the remaining 14 stations are expected to have passenger pressure. The fare from Pallavi to Vijay Sarani is Rs.40. Farmgate rent is 50 rupees. The fare from Mirpur 11 to Farmgate is Tk 40. Mirpur 10 to Farmgate 30 Tk.
The minimum bus fare in Dhaka is Tk 10. The fare is 2 taka 45 paisa per kilometer. By road, the distance from Mirpur 10 to Farmgate is 6.7 kilometers. Rent is 16 rupees. The metro rail fare for the same distance is Tk 30.
According to the website, metro rail fares range from Rs 5 to Rs 25 in Kolkata and Rs 10 to Rs 60 in Delhi.
Criticism is going on over the counter-discussions on metro rail fares. Many are of the opinion that fares are higher compared to neighboring countries and buses. Some are of the opinion that even though the fare is high, metro rail guarantees traffic-free travel at scheduled times. The train is also air-conditioned. AC bus fare from Motijheel to Uttara is Tk 100. Same with Metrorail.
The fare from one of the 17 metrorail stations to another is 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 taka.
A 7-member committee headed by the Executive Director of DTCA has fixed the fare as per the Metrorail Act.
However, the government is giving preference to smart cards even though they have the opportunity to buy tickets at the station. M, A, N, Chiddik, managing director of DMTCL, the construction authority of the metro rail, said that smart cards will be available from November. Minimum 200 to 10 thousand can be recharged.
DTCA informed in the notification that 10 percent discount on fare will be available if you travel with smart card.