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Transport crisis hits commuters ahead of BNP rally


Sunday 12 November, 2017 12:54:45 pm

Transport crisis hits commuters ahead of BNP rally

Dhaka, Nov 12 (UNB) – The commuters of Narayanganj district are facing immense sufferings as a very few public transports were reportedly leaving the district for the capital since Sunday morning ahead of the BNP's rally at Suhrawardy Udyan today.

Hundreds of commuters, mostly students and working people, were seen waiting for public transports at several bus stoppages to go to the capital city.

Only the buses of Shital Paribahan were plying the roads while all the buses of other Dhaka-bound transport organisations, including Bandhan Paribahan and Utsab Paribahan, stayed off the streets since the morning, alleged many commuters. 

M Zakir Hossain Majumder, a private organization employee, said he fortunately got into a bus of Shital Paribahan after competing with a good number of commuters.   

Apart from Narayanganj, few public transports left Savar for Dhaka since the morning amid the transport owners’ association’s allegation that they were asked to ‘keep all their transports’ off the streets.

In Gazipur, commuters got stuck at several bus stoppages due to the scarcity of public transports.

Many of the commuters were seen walking to reach their destinations, reports our Gazipur correspondent.

Meanwhile, police arrested 48 leaders and activists of district and upazilas’ unit of BNP and its associate bodies, alleged the party leaders.  

Thousands of city dwellers are also reportedly facing sufferings as the presence of public transports on the roads has been very thin since the morning.

In Comilla, Dhaka-bound public transports have stayed off the streets since the morning following ‘a direction from the higher authorities’, creating immense sufferings to the commuters. 

Hundreds of passengers were eagerly waiting for public transports at Jangalia Bus Stand and Paduar Bazar, reports our Comilla correspondent. 

Jalish Abdur Rab, owner of ‘Asia Parihaban’, said they received a direction from the ‘higher authorities’ to keep the buses off the roads. 

“No bus can leave Comilla for Dhaka while those from Dhaka can enter Comilla,” Jalish said. 

On the other hand, general secretary of Comilla road transport association Anisur Rahman said the drivers and helpers are not interested to go to Dhaka fearing of any attack on their vehicles. 

In Munshiganj, no Dhaka-bound public bus hit the road since the morning while vehicular movement from Dhaka to Shimulia Ferry Ghat was on. 

Contacted, officer-in-charge of Lohajang Police Station Anisur Rahman said he had no idea why the public transport stayed off the road.