• Sunday, Dec 04, 2022
  • Last Update : 08:24 am

Commuters suffer as buses are removed from streets

  • Published at 08:53 am August 2nd, 2018
Low traffic in Dhaka due to student protests 2-8-18
Traffic remained scant in Dhaka in light of the fifth day of student protests demanding justice for the two students killed by a bus on Airport Road on Sunday Mehedi Hasan

Thousands of commuters were seen waiting for transportation in Dhaka

Commuters in Dhaka faced a severe transportation crisis on Thursday after transport owners removed buses from the streets—as students continued their protests for a fifth straight day in the capital.

Students from different schools and colleges blocked major intersections and streets in Dhaka; protesting against the killing of two college students on Airport Road on Sunday.

Commuters, particularly office-goers, found it difficult to reach their destinations because of the few buses operating in the morning. They waited for hours by the streets for transportation—but in vain. 

Many tried to hire rickshaws that were charging two-to-three times the normal fare. Those who failed to get one started walking towards their destinations. Many returned home.  

Students are forcing rickshaws to move in single file and not letting any vehicle pass without checking the drivers’ licences. The students are not obstructing vehicles carrying patients.

Little traffic was seen in the Shahbagh area due to student blockades all over the city Mehedi Hasan

Long-distance bus services to-and-from Dhaka have been suspended.

Faruk Talukder Sohel, president of Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners’ Association, said bus owners on Thursday limited the number of buses on the road for the lack of security.

Also Read- Student protest: Lack of transportation options for commuters

Jashidul Haq, a government employee, said he started out from Mymensingh on Wednesday night. “I arrived at Tongi last night and reached Dhaka in the morning. I took a rickshaw to the office but could not reach my destination,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.

Autorickshaw driver Abul Kalam said he was stuck at Panthapath for about an hour. “The traffic situation is the same across Dhaka as thousands of vehicles are stuck at various points,” he said. 

“I support the students’ demands. They are logical. I want the government to take visible action after accepting their demands,” he added. 

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail