Transport strike: People’s ordeal continue
11:58 AM, March 01, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:24 PM, March 01, 2017

Transport strike: People’s ordeal continues

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People across the country including Dhaka are facing an ordeal on the roads as transport workers observe their work abstention for the second consecutive day protesting conviction of two drivers.

Read More: Over 12 hurt as transport workers, cops clash in city    

A private company official said he waited for almost 50 minutes at Shewrapara bus stand to get any form of transport for his workplace in Karwan Bazar.

At major bus stops in Dhaka, city dwellers were seen waiting in uncertainty for travelling to their destinations.  No private buses were seen on the roads in Dhaka.

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A handful of state-run BTRC double-decker and articulated buses are seen plying the roads packed end to end with passengers.

Meanwhile, a transport worker was shot as fresh clashes with police ensued at Gabtoli again this morning.

Police used tear gas canisters and rubber bullets to take charge of the situation at Dhaka’s entry point as the workers vandalised about a dozen vehicles there starting from 7:00am.

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Md Emdadul, a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver, takes his ailing wife to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) hospital on a rickshaw van on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. It took him around three hours to travel the nearly 15-kilometre distance as major intersections were blocked by transport workers in the port city. Photo: Minhaj Uddin

Public suffering

Commuters, especially Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees, suffered badly due to the lack of transport. Many of the examinees reached their respective examination centres on foot or by tempo and rickshaw.

Some of the authorities in city schools shut their activities today citing “unavoidable circumstances” following the strike.

Rickshaw pullers are charging high due to scarcity of buses in Dhaka.

A private company official said he waited for almost 50 minutes at Shewrapara bus stand to get any form of transport for his workplace in Karwan Bazar. After a long 50-minute wait, he finally secured a rickshaw that he shared with one other commuter for double the fare as other days.

In many areas, city dwellers were stuck in traffic congestion mostly due to a high number of rickshaws and private cars plying the streets haphazardly.

Rickshaws were seen allowed in many VIP roads including Mirpur road on the occasion.    

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