People in the Chattogram city face apparent wildcat strike of transport workers and owners on Monday morning hours after a mobile court punished a bus owner and a driver for not having fitness certificate of their vehicles.
People crowd into bus stops and road crossings and waited for hours to get on vehicles, but no bus, minibus, public transport vans were there to provide the service.
Students, office goers and other commuters said they faced severe suffering for the suspension of the services.
They were seen taking rides on pick up vans, rickshaws to reach their destinations.
Huge people were seen waiting in different intersections for public transport at New Market, Station Road, Anderkillah, Enayet Bazar, Kazir dewri, GEC intersection, Tiger Pass, Agrabad and EPZ crossing.
Although no organisation had officially announced any transport strike, the public transport workers went on work abstention after a mobile court on Sunday sentenced a bus owner to 15 days and its driver to 30 days imprisonment as they failed to show fitness certificate of their vehicle.
Chattogram District Road Transport Owners’ Group president Manjurul Alam Manju said that he had no idea about the work abstention.
However, he assumed some transport owners and workers might have organised the strike without any announcement following the BRTA drive.
There are seven organizations of public transport in Chattogram: City Bus Minibus and Human Hauler Owners’ Association, Metropolitan Paribahan Owners Group, City bus owners Association, Chattala Paribahan, Jatriseba Paribahan, Mohanagar Paribahan, Kalurghat Minibus owners Samity and Lusai Paribahan.
Chattogram City BUS Minibus Human Hauler Owners’ Association general secretary Mahbubul Haque Mia said that it would be awkward if workers went on strike due to the drive.
On Sunday BRTA magistrate Mozurul Haque sentenced bus owner Monir Hossain for 15 days and bus driver Shamim Uddin and his assistant Alamgir for 30 days at Bahaddarhat area for not having legal documents and violating traffic rules.
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