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Strike halts bus services in Faridpur, adjoining dists

  • Special Correspondent
  • 12 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bus services in greater Faridpur and its adjoining Barishal, Magura, Jenaidah and Chuadanga districts have been stopped causing untold sufferings for commuters as transport workers went for a 38-hour transport strike.

Buses and minibuses were stopped in Faridpur from 6:00am on Friday.

The District Bus Owners Sramik Oikya Parishad called for a 38-hour transport strike, demanding banning of three-wheelers on the highway.

However, BNP leaders alleged that the bus strike was called at the instigation of the government and the administration ahead of the BNP's divisional mass meeting in Faridpur on Saturday.

On the first day of the strike, ordinary passengers suffered a lot. Many passengers were seen waiting for vehicles around the old bus stand, new bus stand and Faridpur Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College Hospital area from 8:00am to 9:30am on Friday. 

Sources said the buses were lined up at the terminal. Buses plying on various routes from Faridpur were also lined up at the terminal.

Dulal, 55, an agricultural labourer from Natore, was seen waiting for a bus at the old bus stand. He came to Faridpur Sadar's Decree char Union to work as a corn harvester.

His wife and two children are staying at home. The news came to the owner that all the three are suffering from fever. After receiving the news, he wanted to leave Faridpur and came to the new bus stand to see that the bus service was stopped.

As the bus service was stopped, some passengers were going to long-distance destinations by three-wheelers. A bus supervisor,         Shahidul Mia, 61, said, "I don't know the meaning of this game, I don't understand the meaning. Why the bus service is stopped. It is dangerous if the leaders do not follow the words. But we have no one to see the danger.”

In a letter to Dhaka Divisional Commissioner on November 7, the Faridpur Bus Owners Sramik Oikya Parishad demanded stopping all illegal three-wheelers on the highway. The letter says if the demand is not met by November 10, all bus services will be stopped from 6:00am on November 11 to 8:00pm on November 12 (38 hours).

After buses and minibuses, BRTC buses are also closed in Faridpur. It has been decided to stop the BRTC bus service as well as private transport in Faridpur for two days.

Due to the strike called by bus owners and workers in Faridpur ahead of BNP's divisional mass rally, bus services in the capital Dhaka along with five districts of Barishal division have been stopped.

No passenger bus left Barishal, Patuakhali, Jhalakathi, Barguna and Pirojpur districts for Dhaka since 6:00am on Friday.

Earlier, a bus strike was called on long-distance and domestic routes on November 4 and 5 in Barishal on the same demand. At the same time, all types of public transport, including launches, speedboats and three-wheelers, called the strike.

Due to this reason, long-distance bus services were stopped in Barishal for four days within a week. Golam Mashrek, president of Barishal Basmalik Group, said that the Basmalik workers of greater Faridpur called a 38-hour transport strike on Friday and Saturday.

Buses on Dhaka route from southern areas, including Barishal, have to cross the broken junction in Faridpur.

Due to the transport strike, Faridpur transport owners and workers will not allow buses to ply on the roads of that district. Therefore, passenger buses of all the southern districts from the capital have been stopped.

The day before the BNP rally, bus services were stopped on Madaripur-Faridpur route. Long-distance bus services have been stopped on Madaripur-Faridpur highway.