The National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR) on Saturday demanded to deploy army to stop the ongoing disorder in road transport sector and to refrain the important persons of the state from being in leadership of non-government organizations.
Reading out the written speech in an urgent press conference at Mukti Bhaban at Purana Paltan in the capital, the National Committee general secretary Asish Kumar Dey also placed 23 other recommendations to bring order in public transport sector.
He suggested to engage army in the capital’s traffic management to reduce traffic jam and stop faulty transports, deploying army personnel in bus terminals to save the transport owners from being victim of toll collection, formulation of law to refrain the constitutional or state’s very important persons from leadership of transport workers’ or owners’ organizations, scrapping the system to lease out the buses of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation to non-government institutions, adding adequate buses in BRTC fleet to strengthen and activate the Corporation.
The written speech also urged the government to operate BRTC buses on all the important routes of the capital and all the inter-district routes of the country, curbing the quarters involved in hindering BRTC buses and stopping all sorts of harassment and toll collection and getting easy route permit to encourage private sector mass transport import.
The NCPSRR also recommended to free the circular waterway surrounding the capital and operating adequate water vessels from pollution and grabbers to reduce pressure on city’ roads, ensuring that the drivers, conductors and helpers were licensed, giving appointment letter, fixing their working hours, festival allowance and overtime allowances timely.
The National Committee general secretary urged the government to import needed taxicabs, introduce ‘education service buses in the city for carrying students and their guardians, conducting BRTA checks and mobile courts round the year, training for the transport workers to reduce road accidents, implicating the drivers as well as the owners for movement of faulty vehicles, capital punishment for deaths in road accident and realizing adequate compensation from the owners, repairing the roads on regular basis, identifying and pointing the risky turnings, passengers’ insurance for all type of passenger carrying vehicles and life insurance for all the drivers, conductors and helpers of all types of vehicles.
Ganatantri Party presidium member Nurur Rahman Selim, NCPSRR’s advisory board member Haji Mohammad Shahid Mia, Bangladesh Jatri Odhikar Sangrakhkhan Parishad president Tushar Rehman, journalist Nikhil Bhadra, NCPSRR joint secretary Sanjib Biswas, Sekender Hayat, Jassy Sikder also addressed the conference.