This has led to the Benapole Port authority losing Tk23 crore of revenue each day
The strike enforced by the Indian Truck Owners and Workers Federation has suspended trade at the Benapole land port between Bangladesh and India for a third day yesterday.
The Federation has been protesting since Saturday alleging that Bangladeshi labourers having been demanding brides at the Benapole border, reports UNB.
A three-hour meeting among the port users of both sides - Bangladesh and India - yesterday morning, on the third day of the strike, ended inconclusively.
Aminul Islam, a director of Benapole Port said: “Traders, port workers and administrative officials of the two countries held a meeting in the morning but no decision could be reached.”
As a result, several thousand trucks were stranded on both sides of the port. This has led to the Benapole Port authority losing Tk23 crore of revenue each day.
The Indian truck workers alleged that the labourers at Benapole are asking for higher charges per truck for loading-unloading goods.
Kamal Uddin Shimul, vice-president of the Benapole C&F Agents Association, however, alleged of a nexus developing between truck drivers and Bangaon municipality mayor in Petrapole, India, over charging Bangladeshi importers extra as demurrage for halting trade at the port.