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Transport workers go on strike in Sunamganj

  • Published at 10:58 pm November 12th, 2019
People at a bus stop in Sunamganj district waiting for the desired buses to reach their desired destinations on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

They want the Road Transport Act, 2018 scrapped

Transport workers in Sunamganj have gone on a sudden strike, demanding repeal of the Road Transport Act, 2018, causing immense sufferings to the commuters.

To press home their demands, workers stopped driving vehicles on five routes, namely Sunamganj, Derai, Jagannnathpur, Jamalganj, and Chattak from early on Tuesday. However, BRTC buses are plying on the roads amid the strike.

Abu Noman, a businessman from Moulvibazar, said that he came to Sunamganj and was supposed to go to Sylhet. However, due to the strike, he could not reach there in time.

Md Alamin, who visited Sunamganj from Savar, vented  his frustration saying that he came to the bus terminal to return to Dhaka. However, no bus was leaving the terminal.

Askow Mia, from Ikbalnagar village of Sunamganj, said that he went to the bus terminal as his ailing wife had an appointment with a doctor in Sylhet. The strike forced him to cancel the appointment.

Minibus driver Sudhindra Das said: ''It is impossible to drive vehicles on roads while abiding by this stringent transport act, as hefty fines are included in every section of the newly enacted law. A transport worker cannot not pay such large amounts as fines.''

Nurul Amin, another driver, said: “We will go for tougher movements if the government does not amend the existing transport act.''

Sub inspector (SI) Jahangir Alom of Sunamganj Model police station said: ''We took position in front of the central bus terminal after being informed of the strike. Everything is under control.”