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‘Stop anarchy in transport sector’

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National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR) on Tuesday demanded steps  to stop anarchy for easing  public sufferings immediately during the ongoing drive against so-called seating service buses-mini buses in the capital.
The organization's adviser and veteran politician Manzurul Ahsan Khan and general secretary
Ashis Kumar Dey made the demand to the government, including all concerned authorities, in ajoint statement, a NCPSRR press release said.
They also demanded exemplary action against transports owners and workers who are chargingextra fare, carrying passengers beyond seat capacity and creating artificial crisis by dropping theirvehicles' movement on city roads.
The statement said that Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has been conductingmobile courts since April 16 against so called seating service, charging extra fare and unfitvehicles being directed by the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry and being requested by thetransports owners' associations.
But very disorderliness, anarchy and public sufferings have been created from the very beginning
of the pre-declared drive. The NCPSRR leaders alleged that a group of owners and workers have
been dropping around 40% buses and mini-buses whimsically from the city. As a result, public
transport crisis has increased badly in last three days.
The signatories of the statement urged the government to continue BRTA's ongoing drive to
establish discipline in road transport sector. They demanded cancellation of rout permit following
Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1983 of those vehicles that are dropped from the capital in last three
days. They also demanded to bring the owners and workers under existing law for creating
ongoing crisis and anarchy by ignoring laws and rules.
The NCPSRR leaders emphasised on the empowerment and more activation of Bangladesh Road
Transport Corporation (BRTC) and to include sufficient buses under this state-run commercial
body to decrease public transports crisis.

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