The High Court has withdrawn a stay order on the tender process for appointing bus operators on five routes between Bangladesh and India for two years without fixing bus fare.
There is no legal bar left to resume the tender process by the Bangladesh Road and Transport Corporation (BRTC) after the High Court order.
A division bench comprising Justice Md Rezaul Haq and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar passed the order on Wednesday in response to a writ petition.
Md Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, secretary general of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare association, filed petition in July over the exorbitant bus fare issue.
Barrister Maniruzzaman represented the BRTC and Barrister ABM Altaf Hossain, a lawyer for the petitioner, was also present during the court session.
Maniruzzaman later told reporters: “The court has scrapped the rule issued over the matter, paving the way for BRTC to continue the tender process.”
On July 27, the High Court issued a rule asking the government to explain why the tender floated to recruit bus operators – without fixing the fare first – should not be declared illegal.
The same day, Mozammel said: “According to the conditions set by the government-to-government protocol on the bus fare for the Dhaka-Kolkata route, the fare is supposed to be $11 or Tk920, yet both the BRTC and the private transport services operating on the route are charging Tk1,700-2,000 per passenger, causing a financial loss to at least 8,000 passengers every day.”
Meanwhile, BTRC's tender opening committee on August 30 ordered the respondents of the tender to attend at Motijheel bus depot along with two buses.
The court finally issued a status quo on the tender process on September 13.
The story was first published on Bangla Tribune