Monday, February 26

Travel chaos mounts as transport strike in Bangladesh: Minister urges transport owners, workers to operate their vehicles


 

 

The countrywide indefinite transport strike, enforced by Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, protesting the life term imprisonment of a bus driver in a case filed for a road accident that killed five people, including noted filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer Mishuk Munier, entered the second day on Wednesday.

In the capital, no inter‐district bus left Gabtoli, Mohakhali or Sayedabad bus terminals in the morning while very few buses were seen plying the road throughout the city.

The commuters, especially the SSC examinees, suffered badly in the morning for lack of adequate public transports.

They complained that rickshaws and CNG‐run auto‐rickshaw drivers charged them excessive fares, taking advantage of the situation.

Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation went on the strike on Tuesday morning protesting court verdicts that sentenced a driver to death and another to life imprisonment.

Khandaker Enayet Ullah, secretary general of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, said they will continue the strike until the government takes any step to ensure ‘justice’ to their fellowmen.

 Minister urges transport owners, workers to operate their vehicles

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on Wednesday urged the transport owners and workers to operate their vehicles ending the ongoing stalemate in the transport sector.

He made the call while speaking at a press briefing after a meeting with transport sector union leaders and workers at BTRC Bhaban in Dhaka.

The minister said, We earlier met Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and Law Minister Anisul Huq when they realised the problems of the transport owners and workers, and they assured us of providing all possible cooperation to resolve the emerging situation.

Following the ministers’ assurance, we request the country’s all transport owners and workers to run their vehicles to end the ongoing stalemate, he said.

He also expressed the hope that the road communications will return to normalcy across the country following his request.

Leaders of Bangladesh Road Transport Association, Bangladesh Bus Truck Owners’ Association, Bangladesh Truck and Covered Van Owners Association, secretary general of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation Khandaker Enayet

Ullah and State Minister for Rural Development & Co‐operatives Division Moshiur Rahman Ranga were, among others, present at the meeting.

Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation enforced the countrywide indefinite strike on Tuesday protesting two court verdicts one sentencing life imprisonment to a bus driver in a case filed for a road accident that killed five people, including noted filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer Mishuk Munier while the other sentencing another drive to death in another case filed over a road accident.

In Dhaka, no inter‐district bus left Gabtoli, Mohakhali an Sayedabad bus terminals.