Sitting Service ‘Anarchy’ 96 percent buses take extra fare
Noman Mosharef, Mohammad Abu Bakar Siddique
The so called sitting service has become a source of sufferings to many in the middle of the route in the peak hours The buses lock the door when they are full, depriving those waiting in the next stoppages for transport. The scarcity for the service is worsening day by day. Exploiting the crisis, the buses are realizing up to even five times more fare than that the government has fixed. Over these issues that is arising everyday, the incidents of passengers and transport workers getting locked in scuffles have become more frequent. Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity is calling the situation “an anarchy,” which have no remedy from BRTA, traffic police, or any organization of owners or workers of the transport service. They say 96 percent buses of the service are involved in the anarchy. The organization have surveyed on at least 1030 buses and talked with different stakeholders including passengers, workers and owners. It came up with the outcome organizing a roundtable discussion at the press club yesterday.On the basis of their findings, they made 12 recommendations to improve the situation, including introducing stoppage-wise sitting service, ensuring fare collection with tickets, limiting the number of sitting service in 25 percent of the total buses in the city. It suggested more supervision of the departments concerned.