Nationwide transport strike hit Ctg commuters diabolically
Published: 03:38 PM, 5 November 2021
As the long-distance vehicles are closed, passenger pressures were seen on small buses
Nationwide transport strike underway all over the country including Chattogram in protest of raising the fuel prices. The strike, which began at 6 am on Friday, has shut down long-distance buses and freight transport, however, the plying of short-distance public transport has been operating.
Normal movement of public transport has been observed since morning by visiting different areas of the city including GEC junction, Muradpur, Bahaddarhat, Notun Bridge. However, the passengers have suffered a bit due to the closure of long-distance vehicles.
Habibur Rahman, a private bank official, who was waiting for going to Lakshmipur from the GEC junction, said, “I was preparing to go home as the office was closed on the weekends of Friday and Saturday. But there are no long-distance vehicles on the road due to the strike. Now I don’t know what to do!”
Main Uddin, another commuter waiting at the GEC junction, said he was waiting for a bus to go to Agrabad. Some buses are operating, but as the long-distance vehicles are closed, passenger pressures were seen on small buses. Taking this opportunity, all drivers even rickshaw pullers have increased fares “three times”. In all, the passengers are suffering the most, he added.
Asked about the normal operation of short-distance public transport, Mohammad Shahjahan, joint secretary of the Chattogram Road Transport Owners Group, said “only those vehicles that run on gas” are operating. Besides, some students who came from outside for admission tests in Chattogram University (CU) are stuck in different places in the city including the CU campus. Considering them, it has been decided to move some vehicles.
Earlier, diesel and kerosene prices were hiked by Tk 15 per liter from midnight on Wednesday. Owners of trucks, covered vans and lorries announced a halt to transportation from Friday morning due to rising costs. Later, the transport owners’ association also decided to stop the bus service.