Urban public transport: BRTA silent on webil fraud

The ‘webil’ scam on public transport in the capital has not stopped yet. Passengers are being charged higher fares in the name of webil as before. In the last two days, the bus driver and his assistants forced several passengers off the bus to protest against the deception. Drivers of Mirpur route stopped running buses from noon to afternoon on Tuesday in the face of protests from passengers. Despite all this, the BRTA and the transport owners’ vigilance team are not taking strong action against illegal webil fraud. They are less interested in stopping this fraud. However, the transport owners claimed that the fare fixed by BRTA was being taken. A webil system has been set up to keep track of passengers.

According to the investigation, seating service and gatelock service have been shut down in the last one week due to the activities of BRTA’s mobile court and transport owners. But the rent on the web has not stopped. On Tuesday, the Rajnigandha Paribahan bus on the signboard route from Mohammadpur in the capital was seen collecting fare from the passengers through illegal ‘webil’. Arshad Khan, a passenger of the bus, said the fare from Mohammadpur to Gulistan was Tk 25. The fare from Jhigatala to Gulistan was 25 rupees. In this way extra rent is being taken by showing illegal webil. Yesterday morning, a bus heading from Mirpur to Gulistan was also seen arguing with several passengers in the name of Webil. Bus passenger Mujibur complained that the fare fixed by BRTA was not being taken. More rent is being collected in the name of webil than before. A passenger by the name of Mizanur Rahman complained that the fare on the signboard route from Savar to Labbayek continued to be cut according to the webil. Due to this much more fare is being collected from the passengers as before.

Nazmul Hossain, the webil checker of Shikar Bus, said that the previous webil system has now been dropped. Webil is being cut to prevent theft and keep track of passengers. The current webil has nothing to do with bus fares. The rent is being taken as per BRTA list.

BRTA executive magistrate Firoza Parveen said that according to BRTA law, seating service, gatelock service and webil system have no validity. These are the creations of bus owners. We are taking action against them now. Many buses have been fined.

Khandaker Enayet Ullah, president of Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association, said, “We want the road irregularities to be removed.” It is not possible to eliminate all the irregularities at once. We will gradually eliminate the irregularities. Buses of 120 transport companies are running in Dhaka. Some companies are still running buses on the web. However, seating service and gatelock service have been stopped. The collection of rent on the web will also stop.

Meanwhile, the BRTA protested against charging more than the stipulated fare and reduced the bus service from Mirpur to various routes. Transport drivers try to strike unannounced. However, the movement started again in the afternoon. During this time the passengers had to suffer for a few hours.

It is learned that passengers protested in the name of seating service in Kalshi area of ​​Mirpur. At around 2 pm, agitated passengers beat the conductor of Noor A Mecca Transport. Then a part of the drivers stopped running the bus. Most of the seating service bus services in the entire Mirpur area including Mirpur-12, Mirpur-10, Mirpur-1 were stopped. Satyajit Kanjilal got on this bus from Mirpur 12 to go to Bashundhara residential area. The bus driver and his assistant got him off the bus due to a dispute over rent. The drivers then stopped the bus.

Enayet Ullah, president of Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association, said in this regard, there are no rules for seating service, gatelock service on Dhaka roads, these will not exist. Buses carry passengers on their own.


Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.

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