Anarchy has started with rent due to lack of public transport on the road. Given the opportunity, CNG autorickshaws, app-based motorcycle and rickshaw drivers are charging as much as they want. In this situation, the passengers have fallen into extreme suffering. Even though BRTC buses are running, it does not reduce the suffering of the people.
Friday (November 5) is a holiday but there is a crowd of passengers on the road since morning. People have taken to the streets for various needs. But they are in trouble due to lack of public transport. In this situation, CNG autorickshaws, apps based motorcycles and car and rickshaw drivers have got the opportunity to cut the pockets of the passengers. CNG drivers are demanding a fare of Tk 200 to Tk 500. Rickshaw drivers are asking 25 rupees for 100 rupees. The normal CNG fare from Shankar Bus Stand in Dhanmondi to Khilgaon is 180 to 200 rupees. Today this fill has been demanded 500 rupees. Rent up to Motijheel has been demanded 400 rupees. CNG fare from Mohammadpur bus stand to Farmgate and Kawran Bazar is Rs 200 to Rs 250. Aminul Islam, an official of a private company, said that no CNG driver wanted to go from Mohammadpur bus stand to Uttara for less than Tk 800.
The same situation has been seen in renting rickshaws. The rent of 25 rupees is 100 rupees. No rickshaw puller wants to go from Mohammadpur bus stand to Science Laboratory for less than Rs. Passengers who used rickshaws to travel short distances are now seen walking on foot.
App-based motorcycles and cars are charging reckless rates. The fare of public transport from Gabtali to Paturia and Aricha is 120 to 150 rupees. Hundreds of passengers suffered due to the closure of public transport due to the transport strike. Many are forced to go on motorcycles and rental cars. 600 per person is being taken in the car. On the other hand, the motorcycles are carrying 2 passengers. 800 to 1000 rupees is being taken from each passenger.
Those who have stopped more have left for their destination by renting as per the demand of the drivers. Again, many people could not match rickshaws and autorickshaws as they did not agree on rent. Sonia Akhter said the demand for autorickshaw drivers has increased due to lack of buses. They want a lot more rent. They don’t go if they don’t like rent.
The situation is similar in Mohakhali, Farmgate, Bangla Motor, Kawran Bazar, Shahbag and Dhanmondi areas of the capital. Passengers have been suffering in Abdullahpur, House Building, Airport Bus Stand, Khilkhet, Kuril, Banani and Mohakhali due to lack of public transport.
Meanwhile, government transport company BRTC is operating buses even though there is no public transport on the road. But the amount of buses being operated by BRTC has not reduced the suffering of the passengers.
The strike was called by the Road Transport Owners Association, Road Transport Workers Federation, Truck-Bus Owners Association and Truck-Covered Van Owners Association from 8am on Friday.