Ctg port gets busy again

Long queues in front of the Chattogram port gate on the morning of Thursday, November 21, 2019. Photo: Collected

Long queues in front of the Chattogram port gate on the morning of Thursday, November 21, 2019. Photo: Collected

Transportation of goods and containers to and from Chattogram port resumed early today after truckers and covered-van drivers called off their strike following a meeting with the home minister Asaduzzaman Khan.

The container movement started around 2:00am after 18 hours of suspension since 8:00am yesterday, said Md Omar Faruq, secretary of Chattogram Port Authority (CPA).

All the trucks, trailers and container-laden-vehicles waiting in queue for delivery, started from the port 15 minutes into the strike withdrawal announcement, Omar Faruq said.

On the other hand, container-laden vehicles from the 17-private off-docks also started for the port as soon as the announcement arrived, Chattogram port Bangladesh Inland Container Depots Association (BICDA) Secretary Ruhul Amin Sikder said.

Long queues could also be seen at the port gate since morning following the end of the strike.

Truckers and covered-van drivers called off their strike during the early hours of today.

Rustam Ali, convener of Bangladesh Truck, Covered-van Goods Transport Owners-Workers Unity Council, made the announcement around 1:00am today following a meeting with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at his Dhanmondi residence in the capital.

The truckers and covered-van drivers enforced the strike amid a work stoppage by bus owners and drivers in 20 districts.

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