Dhaka, Jan. 7 -- The MRT (mass rapid transit) in Bangladesh has made the journey costlier as it charges higher fare than its peers in many Asian countries, insiders said on Friday.

The Dhaka Mass Rapid Transport Company Limited (DMTCL) has fixed Tk 100 ($0.96) for using the 21-km MRT line from Uttara North station to Kamalapur station.

An FE survey finds that passengers in China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan and Vietnam use MRT as a cheaper mode of transport.

They also pay much lower than Dhaka's MRT fare.

Transport experts and passenger welfare organisations have demanded a reduction in the fare for making the "MRT a truly mass transport system".

They suggested considering the per-capita income of other MRT-operati...