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Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-N’ganj blockade removed

  • Published at 03:53 pm November 20th, 2019
Dhaka Chittagong Highway
File photo: Protesting transport workers block the Dhaka - Chittagong highway by creating road blocks with parked local buses in the middle of the road on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Focus Bangla

Protesters started blocking the roads around 6:15am

Traffic movement on the Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Narayanganj and Dhaka-Sylhet highway has resumed after transport workers had blocked the highways for eight hours.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday, Narayanganj Traffic Police Inspector Mollah Taslim Hossain said transport workers suspended their protests on the highway in the afternoon.

Commuters forced to walk to their homes or work places due to the unavailibity of local transports at the Sanir Akhra - Signboard link flyover area in Dhaka on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | Focus BanglaAlthough the blockade was removed, vehicles on the highways remain thin causing immense suffering to long distance commuters along the routes.

Earlier, transport owners and workers blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong highway and the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road in order to protest against the newly enforced Road Transport Act 2018. 

They started blocking the roads around 6:15am.

Traffic Inspector of Signboard area, Md Ziaul Karim, said: “A group of transport workers blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong highway with their vehicles, creating a four-kilometer traffic jam.

“They even forced out drivers from other vehicles, and included them in their strike.”

Police officials detain a transport worker from the Sanir Akhra - Signboard road area on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | Focus BanglaThe protesting workers did not let any Dhaka bound vehicle enter or leave the Dhaka-Narayanganj highway.

Meanwhile, locals complained that they were the worst sufferers of this dispute between the government and the transport association.

Primary Education Completion (PEC) examinees and regular office goers in various areas of Naryanganj had to pay hiked up fares due to this strike.

Narayanganj District Bus-Minibus Central Owners’ Association President Moktar Hossain said: “The government has implemented this new law after inspecting every possible angle of it. I don’t think anyone has anything to say about it.”