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Quader called for the withdrawal of transport strike

Staff Correspondent
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Minister for Road Transport and Bridges and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has called for the withdrawal of the transport strike called by the transport owners and workers considering the plight of the examinees and the people.

He made the remark at a briefing at his residence on Friday, November 5.

Transport workers have been on strike across the country, including the capital since 6 am on Friday to protest the hike in diesel and kerosene prices. This is causing extreme suffering to the examinees and general people.

The Minister for Road Transport and Bridges said a meeting of the BRTA's fare rescheduling committee would be held on Sunday, November 7.

The price of diesel and kerosene was hiked by Tk 15 per liter in a press release issued by the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources on Wednesday night, November 3. The new price is increased from Tk 65 at the consumer level to Tk 80. Which is effective from 12 o'clock that night.

Regarding the increase in toll fares of Bangabandhu Bridge and Muktarpur Bridge, Obaidul Quader said the classification and toll rates of approved vehicles have been increased due to increase maintenance costs.

In this context, the Minister further said that the toll rate on Bangabandhu Bridge was last increased in 2011. The toll rate of this bridge has been increased after 10 long years.

On the other hand, this is the first time that the toll rate has been increased since the Muktarpur Bridge was inaugurated in 2008.

The bridge minister called upon all concerned to accept the issue of increasing the toll rate.

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