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Dhaka, Wednesday   19 January 2022

Transport strike

Commuters flock to Kamalapur, no tickets available

 Dhaka Correspondent

 Published: 01:05 PM, 6 November 2021  



Transport services across the country, including in the capital, have been shut down since 6 am on Friday in protest of rising fuel prices, as a result, passengers have been suffering due to the transport strike. Without getting a bus, many are reaching their destination by rickshaw or CNG-powered autorickshaw with an extra fare. However, the train movement is normal, for this, the commuters are flocking to Kamalapur Railway Station. A huge crowd of passengers has been noticed at the station since Saturday morning like on Friday.

Many could not buy tickets due to overcrowding. Even though many bought tickets, but could not get on the train. Passengers alleged they were “forced to go by train” as there are no buses. 

Ashiq Rahman, who is waiting for a train at Kamalapur station with his family to go to Brahmanbaria, said he had to go for an emergency, but could not get a ticket. “Now I am thinking how to go.”

A Kishoreganj-bound passenger said he came to Dhaka for emergency work and now he has to go home. But the bus service is stopped and there is no train ticket. He expressed anger over the decision to halt the bus service without thinking about the suffering of the people.

Narsingdi-bound Rakibul said his mother was ill at home, so he has to go home. “I came to Kamalapur from Dhanmondi with ‘double fare’, but didn’t get a train ticket. Besides, I am worried whether I will be able to go properly,” he added.

Anwar Hossain, station manager of Kamalapur Railway Station, said the passenger pressure was higher than usual. Railways are under pressure mainly due to the shut down of public transport.

He added that due to the COVID situation, ticket sales at the counter have been closed. However, for those passengers who need to return home, tickets are being sold under “alternative arrangements”.

Meanwhile, not only long-distance passengers but also many office-going commuters in the capital have been suffering due to the shut down of public transport. As there is no bus, they have to go to the office by CNG autorickshaw and rickshaw as alternative transport. Again, in the crisis of these vehicles, many people have been seen walking to their destination. Many alleged it is “costly to go to the office in this way and they are suffering”.

The government has hiked the price of diesel by Tk 15 per liter from midnight on November 3. Leaders of various organizations in the transport sector held a meeting on November 4 and decided to shut down the transport service till a “specific announcement of fare hike” was made from the meeting. 

However, no official announcement has been made about the strike from the central level of transport owners and workers organizations. In other words, an indefinite transport strike has been going on since Friday morning without prior announcement.