Lessee’s autocracy at Shaistabad Kheya Ghat
Published: 02:53 PM, 28 May 2021
Shaistabad Kheya Ghat
There are allegations of extortion at Shaistabad Kheya Ghat in Barishal Sadar Upazila without heeding the government rules and regulations. The ghat authorities is being collected the fair of Tk 30 per person instead of the government-fixed fare of Tk 7.
Not only that, the leaseholder is taking Tk 50 to 100 at night by taking the people of the two banks hostage. Even though the toll collection chart has been drawn at the ghat, the lessee is not paying attention.
It was alleged that people have to be humiliated at the hands of the lessee’s forces when they protest against the collection of extra money. However, the lessee claimed the “boatmen have been asked for Tk 20” due to flood, but does not know whether they are collecting extra money.
Mamun, Shahin and some others residents of Ramkathi village said autocracy is going on at the kheya ghat. They are taking Tk 30 instead of the fixed rent of Tk 5. There is no one to see this irregularity. Anyone protesting against the extra fare has to be humiliated by lessee Kalam’s forces, they alleged.
Dismissing all the allegations, Kalam, the lessee of the ghat, said the rent is being taken at Tk 10 per person according to the government rules. A chart is drawn accordingly.
Almost all trawlers have been shut down due to the floods, as a result, the ghat authorities arranged trawlers for the people. For this, they have been asked to pay Tk 20 to the boatman. But don’t know if they take Tk 30.
Sadar Upazila UNO Md. Monibur Rahman said, “I don’t know about the collection of additional toll at Shaistabad ghat. Necessary steps will be taken to find out.”