People suffering for countrywide transport strike
Published: 02:46 PM, 20 November 2019
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
People are suffering due to bus service is stopped on the internal and remote routes as the transport workers called an indefinite strike which is underway across the country since Tuesday demanding for new road transport act amendment. And with this goods transport strike has been added since Wednesday.
News sent by correspondents from different districts:
In Pabna district of the northern region, it was seen that the supply of goods was stopped due to an indefinite strike. It is learned that distant passengers are suffering when the workers stopped the transport suddenly.
However, when the drivers come down the street with vehicles, they are being halted by dropping the passengers.
Bangladesh Truck & Covered Van Owners Association called for an indefinite strike from 6:00 am on Wednesday demanding a nine-point demand. The transport of goods from Bogura has been stopped due to closure of the truck movement and the transport of raw vegetables going to other districts has also been stopped.
Kamrul Morshed Apple, vice-president of Bogura Motor Workers Union, said the workers’ union did not call any strike. The drivers stopped the bus by themselves. However, some distant moving buses are operating.
In Cumilla, the transport strike has begun since Wednesday morning without prior announcement. With this, the passengers are suffering. However, the leaders of the Cumilla transport owners workers “refused to call it a strike”. They called it a protest against harassment.
“No buses have been seen at the city’s Sashongacha bus stand in the morning. I returned home after waiting till 9:00 am. I could not go to the office,” said Professor Mustafizur Rahman, a college teacher at Sadakpur village of Pirjatrapur UP in Cumilla’s Burichang Upazila.
At the Sashongacha, Chawkbazar and Jangalia bus terminals, it was seen that several hundred people were waiting for vehicles. But the drivers are not leaving the bus. No one can tell when the vehicles will leave.
On the other hand, no passenger vehicle was seen though two-one trucks carrying goods were seen at the Cumilla section of the Dhaka-Chattogram highway.
When asked about the strike without any prior announcement, District Bus Owners Association Secretary Tajul Islam said the decision was not made centrally. This is not a transport strike.
“District transport drivers and helpers are on strike due to an attack on Asia-Tisha transports from Cumilla’s Sashongacha during a truck lorry strike at the Daudkandi Toll Plaza. However, this is not our central program,” he added.
Meanwhile, no bus was left from the central bus terminal on Wednesday morning. All buses on the internal route are closed. However, the BRTC bus was found to be operating even though the passenger bus was closed. Distance passengers had difficulties as bus movements are closed. They are seen traveling in various vehicles including autorickshaw, Mahendra, engine van.
The impact of the strike has begun to affect in Satkhira’s Bhomra Land Port. Due to this, the traders of the land port had difficulties. They have to transport goods at a double cost. However, customs officials said there was no impact on imports and exports until Tuesday.
Bhomra land port importer Abdul Gafur said they could not send the product due to the strike. By Tuesday, it has cost double as much to ship decomposed products.
However, Shahinur Rahman Shahin, general secretary of the District Truck Workers Union, said no decision has yet been taken on the truck strike from the Central Workers Federation. “But many are not driving trucks due to new road transport act.”