An urban bus service was launched in the city of Rajshahi on Monday to ease the suffering of the city’s residents as battery-powered auto rickshaws forced a strike for a fare increase.
The bus service was introduced in the city on Monday morning by the Rajshahi Road Transport Group as battery-powered auto rickshaw pullers continued their strike for a second consecutive day demanding a minimum fare of Tk 10.
Safkat Manzoor Biplob, chairman of the Rajshahi Division Road Transport Owners Association, said townspeople had been suffering for two days due to the strike by battery-powered auto rickshaw pullers for a fare minimum of Tk ten.
“To alleviate the suffering, we have launched a total of thirty buses on different routes in the city,” he added.
In response to the question whether the bus service was started in consultation with the Rajshahi City Corporation, Safkat Manzoor Biplob said that they started the service on their own initiative and they will discuss this with the authorities concerned.
Zamat Khan, Secretary General of Rajshahi Raksha Sangram Parishad, said they welcome the initiative to introduce city bus service in the city of Rajshahi.
“There is an urgent need for city bus services in the city, as well as battery-powered auto rickshaws. A large number of unregistered battery-powered auto rickshaws circulate in the city, causing huge traffic jams. The RCC should take an initiative to check unregistered vehicles,” he added.
However, RCC Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts on the phone.
The mayor of the RCC panel, Shariful Islam Babu, said they had called a meeting for Tuesday midday to make a decision on the situation in the city.