Abu Taher Bappa

Published:
2019-11-20 11:50:42 BdST

City commuters suffer badly for lack of transport


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Dhaka city dwellers have been suffering since Wednesday morning for the shortage of public transport as a section of transport owners and workers has started an unannounced strike in the capital to put more pressure on the government to amend the newly enforced Road Transport Act.

However, a source said that the movement of public transports was less than usual on Dhaka’s roads, apparently due to mobile court operations by BRTA.

Thousands of people were seen waiting for buses in Farmgate, Karwan Bazar, Bangla Motor and Kataban, Matuail, Donia, Jatrabari areas.

Our correspondent from Donia said that at least two to three hundred people standing in the Matuail, Donia and Jatrabari roadside and eagerly waiting for buses and faces an unexpected halt of public transport.

He informed us that without giving any prior notice, a section of transport owners and workers has started an unannounced strike on that route.

Many of the sufferers, including commuters, school-goers, and patients, waited for vehicles for hours while the others walked to their destination.

The Road Transport Act was supposed to be implemented on November 1. But Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader halted its full execution in an attempt to build awareness about the new law as huge amounts of fines are included in it.

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