Long route bus operators and workers at Sirajganj called an indefinite transport strike in the district on Thursday following a conflict over introducing a new bus service on Dhaka-Sirajganj route.
The bus communication on the route however remained snapped since July 13 while passengers suffered as they found no bus on the route either from Sirajganj or Dhaka.
No buses started from Sirajganj since Thursday morning. The strikers said that no trucks, CNG and battery-run auto-rickshaws would run during the strike.
Sirajganj Road Transport Owners’ Association president Almaji Jinnah said that they called the strike, protesting at the obstacles made by Mohakhali-based transport owners to run buses on this route.
He alleged that recently leaders of Mohakhali Bus Terminal Road Transport Owners’ Association wanted to introduce 14 buses of Sheba Paribahan on the route without their consent.
Since Saturday all counters of the transports running on this route were closed at Mohakhali terminal and the buses on this route were forced to turn back from Chandra intersection and Gabtoli Bridge, he continued.
The leader said that they had given a three-day ultimatum to the authorities concerned for solving the conflict but, receiving no response from the administration, they had to enforce the strike.
Mohakhali Bus Terminal Road Transport Owners’ Association general secretary Abdul Malek alleged that Sirajganj-based 60 to 70 buses have been running on the route since long.
When Mohakhali-based operators tried to introduce new buses on the route, bus owners at Sirajganj did not give them any response, he said.
Abdul Malek alleged that since Saturday, transport owners and workers of that district blocked buses of Mohakhali-based operators.