We were promised toll-free transportation from the mayor but the tender notice for reinitiating the toll centres is a clear slap in our faces, the angry drivers said
Three-wheeler drivers of Thakurgaon municipality have burnt its mayor Mirza Foisal Amin’s effigy during a demonstration on Tuesday.
The protest took place on the intersection of the district’s main road demanding toll-free transportation throughout the city.
The protesters alleged that the mayor Mirza Foisal had called for a tender to lease the toll centres to private entities and they charge 50 times more toll money than what should be legally paid.
The protesters besieged the mayor’s office asking for the removal of the tender notice for 2020-2021FY, as they are already jobless amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Monsur Ali, president of Thakurgaon Pressclub said: “The recent steps taken by the administration is highly inconsiderate. The poor drivers are out of jobs and there is no way they can pay the extensive toll fees amid the Covid-19 lockdown.”
They leased the toll centres for Tk 4lakh last fiscal year and earned at least Tk2 crore, with a profit margin of Tk17-18lakhs, said the protesters.
We were promised toll-free transportation from the mayor but the tender notice for reinitiating the toll centres is a clear slap in our faces, the angry drivers said.
Contacted, denying all allegations, Mayor Mirza Foisal Amin said: “The drivers are not from any registered trade union and no promises were made to them.”
“I cannot remember them coming to the administration with their pleas. The toll money is a legit way of running the municipality and like past years, it will be enforced as it always had been,” said the mayor.