Thousands of commuters have suffered a lot due to a 24-hour transport strike in greater Khulna.
Road communication between Khulna divisional headquarters and other parts of the country was suspended as workers of passenger buses went on a sudden strike in greater Khulna from Friday evening on the eve of a rally organised by Bangladesh Nationalist Party.Non-availability of launch and ferry services in the district since Saturday morning also added to the woes of the commuters.
Thousands of people, who generally depend on public transports for their daily commute, were hit hard by the transport strike.
Local transporters’ association has said that the decision to suspend the movement of public transport on as many as 18 roads in Khulna from 6:00 pm on Friday has been taken to avoid any untoward incident during BNP's divisional assembly on Saturday.
Witnesses said many commuters were seen waiting at different bus stands, including Sonadanga Bus Terminal, Rupsa Stand Road and Gollamari, on Saturday for a long time.
On the other hand, very few other transports like CNG-run auto rickshaws were seen plying the roads.
Anwar Hossain Sona, joint secretary of the Khulna District Bus-Minibus-Coach Owners' Association, said, “There is a possibility of chaos at the BNP assembly. So, no public transport will either leave or enter the city from 6:00pm on Friday to 6:00pm on Saturday.”Khulna city unit BNP President Nazrul Islam, however, alleged that road and launch services were halted in the district to foil BNP’s programme.
BNP held a divisional assembly in Khulna on Saturday led by former mayoral candidates in six cities of the country, demanding free and fair civic elections and release of Begum Khaleda Zia.