Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association has announced to take half bus fare from students in all metropolitan cities of the country including Chattogram.
This decision will be effective from December 11.
The bus owners accepted the demand of half fare for the students with some conditions.
Khandaker Enayet Ullah, Secretary General of the organisation urged the students to leave the roads and return to the educational institutions after the declaration at a press conference in Chattogram Press Club on Sunday.
He said that the half fare for students in Chattogram would be effective from December 11.
“Students of other cities will also get this facility where city bus service is available,” he added.
However, like Dhaka, students of other metropolitan cities will pay half bus fare from 8 am to 8 pm. Therefore, the students must carry their identity (ID) card with photographs, issued by their educational institution. Half fare will not be applicable for students on public holidays.
No decision was taken on whether students will be able to avail the discount on bus service outside metropolitan areas.
Following a 23 percent hike in the diesel price, the government increased the bus fare by 27 percent on November 7 under the request of transport owners. Since then, the students have been protesting across the country demanding half bus fare.
The movement became stronger after a student of Notre Dame College and an SSC examinee died in separate road accidents.
In the face of the protest, Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association on November 30 announced that they would accept the students' demand for half fare in Dhaka.
However, the students continued their movement demanding half-fare all over the country.
Later, the bus owners on Sunday announced to take half bus fare in all metropolitan cities of the country.