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Cut bus fares by half

Demand Ctg students

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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CHATTOGRAM: Students of different schools, colleges and universities staged a protest in the port city on Monday, demanding steps to issue a gazette notification to halve bus fare and ensure road safety.

They also protested against the death of Notre Dame College student Nayeem Hasan in a road accident in the capital’s Gulistan area.

Several hundred students gathered at Cwasa intersection around 12:30 pm and blocked it for 10 minutes, causing a big snarl-up, said witnesses.

They placed a nine-point demand to ensure road safety and half-price fare on public transport.

The demands included ensuring justice for those who were killed in road accidents by forming a speedy trial tribunal and compensation payment,  ensuring safety for women on public transport, constructing footpaths and footbridges, providing proper training for all drivers, creation of modern traffic system and ensuring accountability of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority.

Students said that they will continue their demonstration until the government fulfills their demands.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kotwali Police Station Mohammad Nezam Uddin said nothing untoward occurred during the demo.

Deputy Commissioner (DC, South) of Chattogram Metropolitan Police Bijoy Bashak said on receiving information, they visited the spot, talked to the students and assured them of sending their message to the authorities concerned.

Later, the students dispersed, added the DC.

Mentionable, the students have been staging demonstrations since November 18 demanding half fare in public transport for students.

 The recent hike in transport fares following the rise in fuel prices and the death of a Notre Dame College student in a road accident caused by a Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) vehicle prompted the students to raise their voice against chaos in the transport sector.