Bangladesh Railway costs Tk 2.43 a kilometre for a passenger and earns Tk 0.62 only, Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan told parliament on Monday.
He added that the cost is Tk 8.94 a tonne for transporting goods and the income is Tk 3.18.
The minister was replying to a query from Jatiya Party lawmaker Rustum Ali Faraji.
With Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair, the question-answer session was tabled.
The minister presented the revenue and expenditure information based on railway’s costing profile prepared for the 2017-18 financial year.
He presented the revenue figures of the railways for the last five years (FY 2016-17 to FY 2020-21).
According to the minister, in five years the railway has carried 36.17 crore passengers and transported 2.8 crore tonnes of cargo.
At this time the income of the railway has been Tk 68.86 crore, the minister said.
– With The Daily Star input