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4 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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TRANSPORT STRIKE IN CTG

Commuters suffer

STAFF REPORTER, Ctg

The indefinite transport strike called by Chittagong Metro Public Transport Owners’ Struggle Parishad (MPTOSP) has caused severe inconvenience and hardship to commuters in the port city. The strike, which has been announced in demand of certain conditions  caused major traffic disruption as public transports, including buses, minibuses, tempos and human haulers, stayed off the roads from 6am and till filling the report at 4pm yesterday. All commuters, especially officer-goers and students, were the worst hit. The MPTOSP’s demands include ending harassment of transport workers by police, stopping vehicles’ requisition, taking unfit vehicles off the roads, stopping plying of unapproved vehicles, stopping ‘no-parking’ cases until the selection of a parking area for public transport and relaxing conditions relating to the issuance of new driving licenses.

Hundreds of people were seen waiting in different areas of the city, including Bahaddarhat, Muradpur, Chawkbazar, GEC, Wasa circle, Tigerpass, New market, Agrabad Badamtal, Barik

building, Nintala, Customs and CEPZ for transport. Many had to walk to join office.

Although some buses were available at some places, they were overcrowded.

The commuters alleged they could not go to their offices due to lack of public transport. Unscrupulous rickshaw pullers and CNG-run auto rickshaws took the opportunity and hiked fares.

“I’ve been waiting for two hours, but there is no transport. I didn’t know about the strike. CNG-run auto rickshaws are now charging three times the usual fare,” said Md Harunur Rashid, a banker at Muradpur.

Belayet Hossain, the convener of the transport owners’ platform, said: “About 1,500 transports, including bus, mini bus and human hauler, stayed off the roads. Our strike will continue until our demands are met.”

“Our strike will continue. The administrationis responsible for the chaos on the roads,” he added. There are about 2,500 vehicles in the port city.

“The administration has introduced the e-traffic system to develop traffic management. Those who have called the strike are against the system. We’ll take punitive measures against them,” said Wahidul Alam Chowdhury, deputy commissioner (traffic) of the Chittagong Metropolitan Police.

 

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