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Gridlock on Dhk-Ctg highway: Transport service providers call off strike following minister’s assurance

  • Published at 07:51 pm May 13th, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:27 am May 14th, 2018
Gridlock on Dhk-Ctg highway: Transport service providers call off strike following minister’s assurance
A 110-km tailback was created on the highway from Chouddagram in Cumilla on Friday night, causing immense suffering to commuters Masud Alam/Dhaka Tribune

A 110-km tailback was created on the highway from Chouddagram on Friday night, causing immense suffering to commuters

Organizations of transport owners and workers on Sunday called off their strike, scheduled to be observed today on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway.

Their move followed assurances from Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, who said they would take immediate measures to prevent traffic congestion on the country’s busiest highway.

“As the Dhaka-Chattogram highway is experiencing horrible traffic congestion due to the ongoing construction work of a railway overpass in Feni. The work will be completed within 25 days,” he told reporters at his Secretariat office in Dhaka on Sunday.

“The construction of the overpass at Fatehpur of Feni is at the final stage. Bangladesh Army has been building the overpass. They promised that they would complete their work before Eid-ul-Fitr.”

The overpass has two lanes, and one lane will be opened tomorrow, which will greatly help reduce traffic jams on the highway, he said.

Earlier in the day, Inter-District Bus Owners’ Association, Inter-District Road Transport Workers’ Union and Inter-District Goods Transport Truck and Covered Van Owners’ Association announced that they would go on a 12-hour strike on the highway today, demanding immediate measures to prevent traffic congestion and commuters’ sufferings.

“Bus owners called a strike a 12-hour strike for Monday [today]. However, we withdrew the decision following the minister’s assurance,” Kafil Uddin Ahmed, general secretary of Inter-District Bus Owners’ Association, told the Dhaka Tribune.

On Friday night, a 110-km tailback was created on the highway from Chouddagram in Cumilla, causing immense suffering to commuters.

“This is the worst ever traffic congestion on the highway. I have never seen such a long tailback. Hundreds of thousands of vehicles have remained stuck on the highway for days together. The authorities concerned should immediately take initiatives to mitigate the congestion,” said Munir Ahmed, president of Inter-District Goods Transport Trucks and Covered Van Owners’ Association.