A halt in long-distance bus services from Dhaka's Sayedabad bus terminal since Tuesday morning have caused sufferings to many who use the terminal to travel to different parts of the country on a daily basis.
The services were stopped mainly as a continuation to Monday's clash that broke out between two transport labour unions.
Ramzan Ali, assistant manager of Hanif Enterprise counter at Sayedabad, said the owners were not operating buses because of various issues including Eid bonus, salary and some “internal problems.”
However, sources claimed internal problems were the main reason behind Tuesday's halt in operation of long-distance buses.
Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity Secretary General Khandker Enayetullah said the transport workers had gone on strike following Monday's clashes between Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Union (BSPSU) and Dhaka Sarak Paribahan Sramik Union (DSPSU) over possession of an office building in Gulistan.
The office was under BSPSU's control since long. Clashes erupted after recently formed Dhaka Sramik Union occupied it on Sunday night.
After the clash, they barricaded exit points of Mayor Hanif Flyover in Jatrabari with buses in the afternoon for few hours, causing long tailbacks in the area. Traffic movement in the area later resumed around 3pm.
On Tuesday, the two groups of transport workers were supposed to sit for a negotiation at Wari traffic deputy commissioner’s office but no one came.
Khandker Enayetullah said: “The strike was postponed when the Home Ministry assured transport workers of a solution and asked for two days to solve the matter.”
“Long route buses later started to leave Dhaka from Sayedabad terminal after 5pm,” he added.
Meanwhile, several passengers who came to the terminal were left stranded as they could find any bus to commute.
The most affected were the people who travel to Chittagong, Sylhet and nearby regions as Dhaka's Jatrabari is one of the most used entry and exit point.
Jahidul Alam, a private company job holder, told the Dhaka Tribune that he was supposed to leave for Chittagong as he had to join a meeting there but when he came to the terminal he got to know that there will be so long route service available.
After the strike was postponed, a bus counter employee said that he hoped the strike will not continue and they will be able to sell tickets normally.