The authorities concerned have increased the launch fare for deck or third class by 60% which will be effective from Thursday. However, in the case of cabins, the rent will not increase.
In line with the government's instructions to carry half the passengers of a vessel's capacity to control novel coronavirus infections, the shipping ministry made the decision.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury announced the decision at the Secretariat following a meeting on Thursday.
Earlier, the fare for the launch deck was Tk1.70 per kilometer for the first 100 km and Tk1.40 per kilometre afterwards.
On Wednesday, after a discussion with launch owners, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq sent a letter to the shipping ministry proposing to raise the fare by 60%.