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Quader urges transport owners to withdraw strike

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday urged the transport owners and workers to withdraw the ongoing nationwide strike considering the sufferings of the SSC examinees and commuters.

“Transport owners and workers should call off their ongoing nationwide strike considering the immense sufferings of the passengers and SSC examinees,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while addressing a virtual press briefing from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

The minister came up with the remark as a nationwide strike by transport owners and workers has begun from Friday morning in protest against the recent price hike of diesel and kerosene.

The Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) on Wednesday raised the prices of diesel and kerosene at the retail level by Tk15 per litre in order to keep them in line with the global market.

The new price of diesel and kerosene in the country is Tk 80 litre from Tk 65 per litre.

Quader said that a meeting of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) fare rescheduling committee would be held on Sunday.

“The fare will be fixed at tolerable level in consultation with the stakeholders in the meeting,” he said.

Talking over increasing the toll of Bangabandhu Bridge and Muktarpur Bridge, he said that toll rates have been increased following the increasing of management and maintenance costs.

“The last increase in toll was at Bangabandhu Bridge in 2011. After 10 long years, the toll of this bridge has been increased. On the other hand, this is the first time since the opening of Muktarpur Bridge in 2008 that the toll rate has been increased,” he added.

He also urged all to go by the new toll rate as the toll has been increased in reasonably.