Amid the wildcat strike of the battery-operated auto-rickshaws, Rajshahi Road Transport Group has launched the City Bus Services in various routes of Rajshahi city from Monday.
The bus services began at a time when the battery-run auto rickshaw-pullers were continuing their strike for a second consecutive day demanding a minimum fare of Tk. 10.
Safkat Manzoor Biplob, President of Rajshahi Divisional Road Transport Owners’ Association, informed by watching the sufferings of city dwellers for the last two days due to the strike enforced by the battery-run auto rickshaws-pullers demanding a minimum fare of Tk. 10, they have decided to start the city bus services.
A total of thirty buses on various routes in the city have so far been launched, he added.
Jamat Khan, General Secretary of Rajshahi Raksha Sangram Parishad has welcomed the initiatives of Rajshahi Road Transport Group of introducing city bus services in Rajshahi city.
There is an urgent need for city bus services in the city along with battery-run auto-rickshaws. A huge number of unregistered battery-run auto-rickshaws ply in the city causing huge traffic congestion. RCC should take initiative to control these unregistered vehicles also, he further said.