Sylhet Divisional Truck-Pickup-Covered Van Oikkya Parishad has called for a three-day transport strike from Tuesday demanding reopening of closed stone quarries in Sylhet. They called the strike on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Other transport organizations in Sylhet have also expressed solidarity with the strike.
As a result, all long distance buses from Sylhet will be closed for three days from Tuesday. No long distance bus will leave from the central bus terminal of Sylhet and no bus will come and enter Sylhet. Besides, inter-district bus services will also be closed.
Selim Ahmed Folik, president of the Sylhet District Transport Workers’ Union, said, “We have also expressed solidarity with the strike called to demand the operation of the stone quarries.” As a result, all types of transport of passengers and goods will be closed in Sylhet from Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the leaders of the Sylhet Divisional Truck, Pickup, Covered Van Malik-Shramik Oikya Parishad sat in a meeting with administration officials including Sylhet Deputy Commissioner M Kazi Emdadul Islam on Monday (21/12/2020) afternoon with their demands.
After the meeting in the evening, Golam Hadi Saiful, president of Sylhet Divisional Truck-Pickup-Covered Van Oikya Parishad and Sylhet District Truck Owners Group, said the meeting was not fruitful. The three-day strike will continue. He said the strike would continue in three other districts of Sylhet division as well.
The Ministry of Mineral Resources has banned the extraction of stones from stone quarries in Sylhet after the destruction of the environment and massive loss of life. As a result of this decision, transport traders and workers are in crisis and the Sylhet Divisional Truck-Pickup-Covered Van Oikya Parishad and Sylhet District Truck Owners Group have started a movement to open the stone quarries. They have called for a three-day strike since Tuesday after a series of protests.