Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Friday, June 23, 2017 06:03:11 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Unbridled mugging in city transport system

By
18th-Mar-2017       Readers ( 139 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

RAMPANT extortion by muggers and unruly cadres is dominating the bus routes in the capital despite the law enforcing agencies' repeated assurances to end such  extortion. Around 7,500 buses now run by over 80 transport companies in city streets but they have to pay hefty amount of money on daily to monthly basis at various points controlled by many groups from operatives of transports unions to ruling party men. Transport companies have taken it almost a routine payment obligation if they have to run buses free from troubles. Police are also equal beneficiary from such extortion  at almost every city point.

Extortion in city transport system is now common. Better say, it is now the rule of city transport system. Various groups collect several crores taka in cash from buses plying on 28 routes in the capital each day. If any transport worker denies paying; he meets harassment and vehicles may come under attack. This is an informal system controlling the city roads and in case of refusal to comply with the 'so-called rules' it is just very harshly treated.

Owners however don't find it a big problem to pay. They take extra fare from the passengers in the name of 'seating service' or 'direct service' to recover the payment and keep the muggers happy. There are also allegations that the fare in bus tickets based on mileage distance is being also manipulated to collect extra money although passengers are not aware or helpless to call for a review.

As per reports a bus driver pays between Tk 400 to 500 as 'terminal money' before leaving the bus depot, Tk 100 as City Corporation hansil', and Tk 50 to get serial. Besides, one has to pay local agents of the ruling party area leader, to welfare funds of various owners' and workers' associations. Bus owners have to pay for each bus at Fulbaria, Mohakhali,  Gabtoli, Saidabad and Bahadur Shah Park area. Route committee collects money on monthly basis for using terminals.

Dhaka Sarak Paribahan Samiti reportedly collects daily service charge for each bus although a functionary of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners' Union categorically denied it. He said their workers and staff would never involve in any such extortion.

As it shows the city transport system is helpless hostage to mugging in various names by various groups on every route and at every stoppage. The invisible hands are active overnight and since such extortion is taking place in the hands of or under the cover of political leaders with equal involvement of police and other powerful muggers' groups, it appears quite difficult to beat them. It has become part of the city transport system, and it appears that the government is not serious to fight them back. Helpless passengers are the ones footing the bills.

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Mayors must do more to contain chikungunya in city


THE outbreak of mosquito borne diseases like a new type of fever called chikungunya, in addition to dengue fever in the city and elsewhere is causing additional concern to city dwellers and public health authorities how to protect people from this danger. People in most families in the city are ...

Back Page »

Zum'atul Wida


Abdul Muqit Chowdhury :The last Friday of the Holy Ramzan is called 'Zum'atul Wida'. It means 'departing Zum'a'. The musallies with due religious fervour join the Zum'a congregation and bid farewell to this month of patience and self-restraint. Al-Quran imposes obligation of the Friday prayer in the followingverses : "O ...

Cricket »

Malinga in hot water over 'monkey' comment


AFP, Colombo :Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga faced an investigation Thursday after he compared a government minister to a monkey following criticism that the country's cricketers were too fat.Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said he ordered an inquiry after Malinga lambasted him for questioning the endurance of Sri Lankan players ...

Entertainment »

Harry and Sejal grooving on Radha


Jab Harry met Sejal’s first song Radha is out and it’s as refreshing as it can get. The song features Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma dancing to the tunes of Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan on the streets. The peppy number with its foot tapping music and catchy lyrics ...

Entertainment »

Samia Rahman’s Eid reality show Rupantor


Entertainment Report :A reality show will be telecasted in five days of Eid holidays and its result will be announced during this time. This short-term reality show Rupantor is planned by Samia Rahman. She will moderate the show. She will select 30 university females among hundred students. Produced by Samia ...

International »

Macron adds new faces to Cabinet after losing 4 ministers


AP, Paris :French President Emmanuel Macron brought several little-known figures into his government Wednesday as part of a reshuffle after corruption scandals started tarnishing his young Cabinet.Macron had planned to rearrange the government after his centrist party won a majority in parliamentary elections Sunday. He was forced to make more ...

Editorial »

Postponement of new VAT, but much more is needed


THE New VAT Act scheduled to become effective from July 1 is facing new crisis as the Finance Minister has been asked by the highest authority of the government to postpone it for the time being and find out why controversies with business communities and other stakeholders still remained unresolved. ...

Cricket »

Darren Sammy remains in Rajshahi Kings


Sports Reporter :The fifth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Cricket will be held in this year. Defending runners-up Rajshahi Kings has started to form their team. West Indian star Darren Sammy led Rajshahi Kings in last year's BPL. Rajshahi Kings have retained Darren Sammy for this year's BPL. The ...

City »

Bangladesh Institute of Planners organised a discussion meeting on landslide at Jatiya Press Club yesterday.


Entertainment »

Afzal Sharif’s Eid TVC


Entertainment Report :Actors of the small screen always believe that they must have worked either play or telefilm in Eid. On the other hand, actors of big screen want their acted movie must be released in Eid. As a result, they pass the Eid festival joyfully. But actor Afzal Sharif ...

International »

State Department chastises Saudi Arabia, UAE over Qatar


 The Washington Post :The State Department issued an unusual public warning to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday over a diplomatic rift with fellow U.S. ally Qatar, and suggested that the Saudis may have provoked a crisis and drawn in the United States on false pretenses.Department spokeswoman ...

Editorial »

Encouraging violence is easy but containing not


AT the beginning we have to admit that we are glad the government leaders condemned the brutal attack on Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the Secretary General of the majors opposition party BNP. In a highly rowdy situation Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's convoy came under attack allegedly by followers of ruling party ...

Football »

U-16 girls win Begum Sufia Kamal award


The Under -16 Girls who have kept the Bangladesh football's flag flying with their international success were finally rewarded when Bangladesh Mahila Parishad honored the Bangladesh women's U16 team with this year's Begum Sufia Kamal Award for their performance on the field.BFF's head of women's football, Mahfuza Akhter Kiron received ...

City »

Aparajeya Bangladesh formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday in protest against attack on BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in Rangunia.


Entertainment »

Tariq Anam, Suborna, Babu, Naziba`s Eid play


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :On the occasion of coming Eid, noted playwright and director Badrul Anam Soud has made a special play titled Durer Manush. Soud himself has written its story. Soud informed that story of the play revolves with a girl named Orpa.Naziba Bashar played the role of Orpa. Therefore, ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news