HC RULE AGAINST PRIVATE CNG-AUTOS
Partial drive begins in cityShahin Akhter
A part of the government agencies on Thursday launched mobile courts to enforce the High Court directives not to allow privately-owned CNG-run auto-rickshaws on the Dhaka city roads.
The court on June 14 directed the deputy commissioner and district magistrate of Dhaka to depute adequate number of executive magistrate to launch mobile courts from June 21 to stop movement of the illegal three-wheelers.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner and the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority were directed to assist the mobile courts.
The deputy commissioner of traffic (west), Mohammad Ekramul Kabir, said they had started their drive against the grey-coloured CNG auto-rickshaws.
The deputy commissioner of traffic (south), Alamgir Karim, said they were yet to start special drive against the CNG-auto-rickshaws.
‘We are continuing our regular drive. But I will take special measures against the CNG auto-rickshaws illegal plying the streets,’ he added.
BRTA director (enfacement) Moshiar Rahman on Thursday told New Age that according to the High Court no privately-owned CNG auto-rickshaws were allowed on the city roads.
‘So we are running mobile courts from today and will strictly enforce the High Court order,’ he added.
However, of the two BRTA magistrates Mohammad Tofael Islam and Mohammad Nazrul Islam, the latter held a regular drive at the Airport Road on Thursday.
‘I saw one grey CNG, but it fled by the other side of the road. Other than this, I did not get any grey CNG-auto-rickshaws today,’ said Mohammad Nazrul Islam.
The Dhaka district deputy commissioner, Mohammad Mohibul Haque, told New Age on Thursday that he had appointed four magistrates especially for this task.
‘They did not run any mobile court today. They, however, will start working from Sunday,’ he added.
The media reported that there were many grey-colour auto-rickshaws plying the city roads. Most of these have entered the city from districts like Manikganj, Narsingdi and Narayanganj and are operating commercially.
BRTA gave registration to 223 grey-painted privately-owned auto-rickshaws and the registration clearly shows that these three-wheelers should not be run commercially.
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