Commuters suffer for closure of illegal vehicles in Manikganj
MANIKGANJ, Sept 12: Commuters are suffering much for closure of illegal vehicles including human haulers on Dhaka-Aricha highway.
Passengers are now travelling by small pickup vans amid life risk as the number of vehicles has decreased on the road.
While visiting the bus stand area on Saturday noon last, some buses were found to carry more passengers and take extra fare.
The passengers have expressed dissatisfaction over the crisis of vehicles and lack of administrative steps to start alternative transports.
A teacher of a local primary school Ramij Uddin said, "I have been waiting for vehicle for about half an hour for going to Tora Haat. Some vehicles are coming but I can't get on those for excessive gathering inside. Finding no option, many passengers are travelling by the pickup vans which are risky." Student of Government Debendra College Roman said, "I used to travel by the road on human haulers regularly. I arrived here on my father's motorcycle. Now, I will have to go to the college by pickup van which is risky."
While talked, some bus drivers said, "We have found excessive pressure of passengers after the human haulers were stopped."
While asked about taking extra fare from passengers, they alleged that transport leaders are extorting from them and so they have to take the extra fare.
While asked, President of District Bus Minibus Microbus Owners' Group Zahidul Islam said, "Considering the passengers' plight, we have decided to start some buses as alternative to the human haulers. We will take action against those who are still running human haulers violating the ban."
District Traffic Inspector Faruk Hossen said, "If transport operators take extra fare due to the closure of the human haulers, we will take action against them."