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Auto-rickshaw strike postponed till June 9

Star Online Report

CNG-run auto-rickshaw owners today postponed their three-day strike in the capital till June 9 following an assurance from the government of meeting their demands.

Dhaka Mahanagar CNG-Auto Rickshaw Malik Samity Oikya Parishad enforced the strike yesterday to press home their five-point demand that includes increasing economic lifespan of the vehicles to 15 years.

Auto-rickshaw owners postponed the strike this afternoon after a meeting with Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) officials, said ATM Najmul Hasan, member-secretary of the organisation.

The auto-rickshaws were introduced in Dhaka in 2002 with an economic lifespan of nine years. Later, the government increased its lifespan by two more years that expired last December.

Following their movement, the BRTA and Communications Minister Obaidul Quader last month assured the auto-rickshaw owners that it would increase the lifespan further.

"But, the decision has yet to be implemented due to bureaucratic tangles," said Najmul, told The Daily Star yesterday.

BRTA issued a gazette notification on May 19 in this regard, he added.

Published: 4:01 pm Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Last modified: 10:20 pm Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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