I usually travel by bus while returning from office. There are two ways to return from my office to home. There is a direct bus service from Gulshan-2 to Mohammadpur. And another way is to take 27 no bus from Kakoli upto Asad gate then the rest to Mohammadpur by Rickshaw. My office is at Banani 27 no road, middle of Gulshan 2 and Kakoli.
Yesterday I took the second way. From Asad gate I took a Rickshaw. I rode on the rickshaw and asked the rickshawala, ‘What is the fare upto Mohammadpur Shiya Mosque?’
’15 taka’, he replied.
‘It should be 12 taka, why you are charging more?’
‘If you compare the fair with the previous days then it is not fair. In previous we had to pay 25 taka per day to the owner and now we are paying 80 taka per day’
‘I see. The government set fixed charge for the taxi owners and did not set any constraint for the rickshaw owners’
‘The owners are not responsible for this. They have to buy a tire for 250 taka while they bought it for 150 taka in the past.’ – Rickshawala’s quick reply
I was astonished hearing the rickshawala saying on behalf of the rickshaw owners. I guessed that he himself is the owner and asked the rickshawala to be sure.
‘Hey, stop. Are you the rickshaw owner?’
He smiled, looked at me and said ‘yes sir, I have only one rickshaw’
Who does not like to speak for himself?