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Commuter costs soar as autorickshaw movement stopped in Mirpur

  • Residents have mixed reactions
  • PM allowed autorickshaws to ply Dhaka roads 
Update : 20 May 2024, 04:40 PM

Transport costs of commuters soared in Mupur as no battery-run autorickshaws were seen in the capital’s Mirpur area since Monday morning. 

Residents in those areas have mixed reactions as despite the roads being empty, they faced difficulties reaching their destinations. 

They claimed that CNG-run autorickshaws were charging Tk20 per person and normal rickshaws were charging double the amount for smaller distances. 

Kulsum, a resident of Mirpur said: "Earlier, if you took an autorickshaw from in front of the house, you could go to Mirpur 10 for Tk30. Now they are charging Tk50.”

Another passenger, Jewel, who was standing at the Kalshi intersection, said: "It is good as there are no autorickshaws. There were so many incidents when I got off a bus and an autorickshaw almost hit me.”

Meanwhile, it was seen that fearing raids by the police, many battery-run autorickshaw drivers have detached the batteries from their vehicles. 

Earlier in the day. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has allowed battery-run autorickshaws to ply the roads in Dhaka. 

He made the announcement while speaking at a program at Bangabandhu Avenue on Monday afternoon. 

The minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered autorickshaws to ply the roads considering the sufferings of the low-income people and inflation.

However, the autorickshaws will not ply the highways, he added.

Earlier, autorickshaw drivers gathered in front of the National Press Club and threatened to stage a nationwide protest on May 27, if their demands were not met. 

They placed a seven-point demand that included the removal of the ban on three-wheelers, the registration of battery-run vehicles, and route permits and licenses.

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