The leaders of the PWAB and Consumers’ Association of Bangladesh (CAB) made the observation after inspecting some strategic spots of the port city on Sunday.
The rights activists visited Shah Amanat Bridge intersection, AK Khan crossing and Alangkar intersection of the city to see for themselves the untold sufferings faced by the Eid holidaymakers.
During the inspection, the leaders of the organisations witnessed that some bus operators were charging double to triple the usual fares from the home-bound passengers.
Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, secretary general of Bangladesh Passenger Welfare Association told the Dhaka Tribune that the total scenario for ensuring a safe and smooth journey for the holidaymakers was deplorable.
“The dismal scenario was brought to the notice of the on-duty law enforcing agencies,” said Chowdhury.
The bus operators which were found charging double the usual fares from the home-bound passengers were SM Travels plying on Chittagong-Shahjadpur route, Bhai Bhai Special on Chittagong-Sylhet route, Meghna Paribahan on Chittagong-Comilla route, Prantik Paribahan, Mukta Paribahan on Chittagong-Companyganj route, Asia Line on Chittagong-Chandpur route, Himalaya Paribahan on Chittagong-Noakhali route, Al Madina Service, A1 Service on Chittagong-Ramgati Alexander route and Moonstar Paribahan on Chittagong-Chatkhil route.
The transport operators which were found charging triple the normal fares from holidaymakers were Pabna Paribahan, Shah Fate Ali Paribahan, Ekattor Paribahan, Meghla Line, Star Line, Hanif Enterprise, Shyamoli Paribahan.