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Bus services to remain suspended indefinitely
Transport owners said bus services will remain suspended indefinitely across the country from tonight citing safety reasons due to the ongoing student movement demanding safe roads.
No bus will ply the roads from tonight onwards until the situation returns to normalcy, Khondaker Enayet Ullah, general secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners’ Association, told The BDchronicle.
Asked if it was an official decision made by the transport owners’ body, he said the decision was not a formal one but transport owners across the country have suspended their services indefinitely as they feel lack of safety of their vehicles and workers amid the ongoing student movement.
People across the country including Dhaka are facing an ordeal on the roads as transport workers continue their undeclared strike today due to the ongoing student movement demanding safe roads.
No long-distance bus left or entered Dhaka through Gabtoli, a main entry point, since 8:00am, reports our photo journalist reports from the spot.
Many were seen going to their distance through pick-up van from Gabtoli bus terminal.
Mosharaf Hossain, general manager of Hanif Paribahan, told The BDchronicle that some buses left Dhaka between Friday evening and midnight but no buses left Gabtoli, Sayedabad and Mohakhali terminals this morning as workers were feeling unsafe following the student movement.
No public transport was seen plying on Dhaka streets except BTRC buses since morning.
CNG-run auto-rickshaws are plying the roads as usual but the drivers are charging extra fare, commuters claimed.
Quoting some commuters, our photo journalist said pick up van owners in the morning offered their services from Gabtoli bus terminal to Aricha Ghat with the fare of Tk 300 per head.
Earlier in the morning, transport workers blocked the Dhaka-Aricha road in Aminbazar near Dhaka city this morning, obstructing to enter any bus coming from other districts.
In Sylhet, no long-route bus left Sylhet for Dhaka this morning, reports our Sylhet correspondent.
Besides, transport leaders and workers are obstructing intra-district and city buses at different points including Humyan Rashid Chattar near Dhaka-Sylhet Highway, Lamakadi on the Sunamganj-Sylhet highway, Tilagarh on Sylhet-Tamabil road and at Airport by pass on Sylhet-Companyganj road.
Transport owners made the decision for fear of vandalism amid protests over the deaths of two students on Airport Road on Sunday.
The agitating students demand safety on roads through a total reform to the transport sector where corruption and mismanagement are rife.
Yesterday, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said the transport owners and workers stopped bus service due to insecurity.
Drivers were beaten up at some places, he told reporters after attending a milad mahfil at Mohakhali for one of the two victims -- Dia Khanam Mim whose father Jahangir Alam is a transport leader.