Dhaka, Bangladesh
'Take steps to stop charging extra from holidaymakers'

'Take steps to stop charging extra from holidaymakers'

Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh on Monday urged the government to take effective steps so that transport owners cannot charge extra fares from homebound people during Eid-ul-Azha, reports UNB. Association secretary general Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury came up with the call at a workshop at its office in the capital. Highlighting the sufferings of people on road, rail and waterways ahead of Eid, he said the poor road condition, acute traffic congestion, passenger overloading in launches and black marketing of bus and train tickets accelerate the suffering of homebound people. Citing the findings of a survey, Mozammel said about 50 percent of the country's about 21,000 kilometres national and regional highways are damaged in this monsoon while 100 kilometres rail routes and 98 rail bridges were hit hard by the flood. He observed that extortion in police check-posts on the highways halting cattle-carrying vehicles contributes to traffic congestion on roads. Association chairman Sharif Rafiquzzaman and its road monitoring cell coordinator Md Shamsuddin Chowdhury were, among others, present at the meeting.

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