Bangladesh: Nationwide transport strike affects daily life, govt urges to call off the protest

Insight Online News

By Mir Afroz Zaman

Dhaka, Nov 6 : Normal life was affected in the country as a nationwide indefinite transport strike began in Bangladesh.

On Friday protesting against the hike in diesel prices. Roads in Dhaka city were empty as no local or long distance buses, trucks or covered vans and lorries plied in the city.

Commuters had to wait for long to find an alternative as buses were not available to commute in the city.

Similar reports are being received from across the country from places like Natore, Cumilla, Chattogram, Rajshahi, Pabna and many other towns of Bangladesh. The movement of imported goods from the Chattogram port has been affected as entry of vehicles like trucks into the port was obstructed due to the strike.

However, smaller public transport vehicles like auto rickshaws,motorcycles and vans remained functional.

Meanwhile, Road transport and Bridges Minister Obadiul Quader urged the transport owners and organizations to call off the strike considering the hardship to the common people. He told the media in Dhaka on Friday that a meeting will be held at the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BTRA) office on Sunday over the revision of the transport fare.

The countrywide transport strike started on Friday morning to protest against the Tk 15 hike in diesel prices announced by the government on Wednesday. The government announced that the increase in prices was done as the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation was losing around Tk 20 crore per day. It was selling diesel at Tk. 13.01 per litre below international market prices.


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