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Blockade: Passenger shortage forces long-haul buses remain idle in Dhaka

  • No bus left Gabtoli terminal till 11am 
  • Passengers are in panic 
Update : 12 Nov 2023, 02:05 PM

Due to passenger shortage amid the fourth phase of the two-day blockade called by the BNP and like-minded parties, most long-distance coaches did not leave the capital's bus terminals on Sunday..

During a visit to Gabtoli bus terminal on Sunday morning, it was found that not a single bus had left the terminal till 11am. 

The commuters, who have come to the terminal to go to different parts of the country due to urgent needs, are also waiting for the bus to start the journey. 

The transport workers at the counter said it was not possible to operate buses due to a passenger shortage. 

Most of the bus counters were closed. Besides, those who have opened counters are also spending idle time due to the passenger crisis. As there are no passengers, the counter staff are seen roaming around, leaving the counter open.

Hanif Paribahan counter Manager Zakir Mallik said that there were no passengers since morning. No bus left due to the low number of passengers. 

Siddiq, the counter manager of another bus, said that there are no passengers due to the blockade as passengers are in panic. 

“If the situation continues like this, we will also be in trouble. Besides, if the problem of political parties is not solved, it seems that blockade will continue. And ordinary workers like us have to suffer,” he added. 

For the fourth time, BNP, Jamaat and like-minded opposition parties have called a countrywide blockade of roads, rail lines, and waterways to press home their one-point demand ahead of the national election.

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