Monday, 20 August 2018

Sufferings as fewer buses ply on rally day

Noman Mosharef

It was around 12pm yesterday. A middle-aged woman with her children was standing at Sadarghat since the dawn. She came from Barisal and was set to go to Savar. She was waiting despite nobody knew when the bus service of that route might be resumed. Like her, a lot of people suffered the same as the number of buses available was far fewer than that of the other day. BNP was holding its rally to mark November 7, which is ‘Revolution and Solidarity day’ to them, at Suhrawardy udyan in the capital after getting permission on a rescheduled date. Ahead of the rally bus services in many routes in the capital were stopped, for which BNP blamed Awami league activists, alleging AL did it to bar BNP activists from attending the programme. Many had to take alternative routes or improvise their daily plan in order to get their destination. Some of them, like that woman, said they were helpless. I asked a middle aged women, came from Barisal with two children were waiting for towards savar bus reflect angrily. Apurba, a youth who was going to Sadarghat to Kalabagan, told the Our Time, “ I usually go by a bus called Savar Paribhan. But it is not available today. There are only some Mirpur-bound buses from here, which run in another route. So, I’ll try to reach my destination through different routes in which buses are available.” Ultimately many people had to go a long way by walking since there were overwhelming pressure on the few buses that were running.

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