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NBR Considers VAT on Metro Tickets

  • NBR considering imposing 15% VAT on metro rail tickets starting from July
  • Proposal would end VAT exemption period for metro rail users
  • Decision aligns with IMF directives to reduce taxes
  • Negotiations ongoing between NBR and authorities, further talks scheduled after Eid
  • Metro rail fares range from Tk 20 to Tk 100, noticeable increase expected if VAT imposed
  • NBR has been pushing for VAT on metro tickets since 2023
  • Metro rail network spans 16 stations from Uttara to Motijheel, expected to accommodate 60,000 passengers per hour
  • Project cost has escalated to approximately 33 thousand 472 crores
  • Concerns raised about affordability of public transportation for ordinary citizens
  • Fate of metro rail fares uncertain as discussions continue between NBR and stakeholders


Note that this post was (partially) written with the help of AI. It is always useful to review the original source material, and where needed to obtain (local) advice from a specialist.


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