Six Dhaka-based bus services have been abstaining from operating buses on Dhaka-Gaibandha route for the last five days over alleged extortion and misconduct by transport workers at various points of the route.
The transport companies -- Al-Hamra, SR Paribahan, Hanif Enterprise, Shyamoli Paribahan, Orin Travels and Akota Paribahan -- have kept their service counters closed at Gabtoli in Dhaka and Gaibandha bus terminals since July 6.
Confirming that the six transport companies based in Dhaka suspended operations over allegations of extortion and misconduct by transport workers on the route, Mokbul Hossain, president of Gaibandha bus owners’ union, said in the meantime, from July 7, transport companies based in Gaibandha have restored their services, operating between Sayedabad and Mohakhali terminals in Dhaka and Gaibandha bus terminal.
However, passengers heading for Dhaka said they were still facing immense sufferings as the Dhaka-bound buses have been departing from Palashbari, which is 20 kilometres away from the Gaibandha bus terminal.
Contacted, Gaibandha Deputy Commissioner M Abdul Matin said he has called a meeting on Thursday (today) and invited all the stakeholders including unions of transport workers and bus owners to the meeting to discuss and address the allegations raised by six Dhaka-based bus service companies.