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Restrictions on public transport until May 5

The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) today issued an order imposing restrictions on the movement of public transport from midnight on Wednesday to midnight on May 5.

An order issued by the company today said that all types of road transport will be closed at this time. However, this order will not be applicable to vehicles engaged in transportation of goods, production system and emergency services. The order further said that vehicles engaged in law and order and emergency services will be able to move. This includes vehicles carrying agricultural inputs (fertilizers, pesticides and agricultural machinery, etc.). There will be no obstruction to the movement of vehicles engaged in food, food grains, relief distribution, healthcare and covid vaccination.

Apart from this, the vehicles of those engaged in electricity, gas, telecommunication, fire service, postal service and working in the media will also be able to run. Sunday marks the fifth day of the government’s “total lockdown” to prevent coronary heart disease. The traffic of small vehicles on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Comilla’s Daudkandi upazila has increased since morning. However, the number of goods vehicles has decreased.

Meanwhile, the number of buyers of all kinds of products in the upazila markets has decreased. Before the lockdown, buyers are not coming to the market as they are buying a huge amount of necessities.

Passengers going to Dhaka and Comilla for emergency work are going to their destination by motorcycle, CNG-powered autorickshaw, van and microbus. Rokon Mia, a grocer from Elliotganj in Comilla’s Daudkandi upazila, said there were numerous buyers the day before the lockdown began. Buyers have been steadily declining since the lockdown began.

Ayat Ali of Daulatpur village in the upazila said the first few days of the lockdown were good. Sales have been declining since Saturday morning. CNG-powered autorickshaw drivers Masud Alam and Azizul Haque said the market is good in lockdown. If the police do not cause any problem, if they can drive all day in the 20 km area from Daudkandi Toll Plaza to Elliotganj on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, they can get a few thousand rupees.

At 12 noon, he stood at the Elliotganj bus stand in Daudkandi and talked to Ibrahim Khalil, the driver of the Dhaka-bound pickup van. He said on the fourth and fifth days of the lockdown, the movement of goods vehicles on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway has decreased and the movement of small vehicles has increased.

Deepak Majumder, a resident of Nuritala village in Chandina, and his wife Suma Rani Majumder said autorickshaws ply on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, so there is no problem in reaching the destination if one goes out for emergency work.

Daudkandi Elliotganj Highway Police Officer (OC) said. Saleh Ahmed said that the police is carrying out full-time duty by setting up checkposts in the lockdown. Passenger and driver documents are being checked.

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