Benapole, Sept 24 (UNB) – The export-import activities between Bangladesh and India through Benapole land port has been remained suspended for the last three days following a strike enforced by the Indian Truck Owners and Workers Federation.
The Federation has been protesting since Saturday last the alleged charging of extra money by labourers at Bangladesh end of the Benapole border.
A three-hour meeting among the port users of both sides – Bangladesh and India – this morning, on the third day of the strike, ended inconclusively.
As a result, several thousand trucks got stranded in both sides of the port and Benapole Port authority is losing Tk. 23 crore of revenues from export-import every day.
The Indian truck workers alleged that the labours at Benapole are asking for higher charges per truck for goods loading-unloading.
Aminul Islam, a director of Benapole Port said the traders, port workers and administrative officials of the two countries held a meeting in the morning but no decision came from the meeting.
Kamal Uddin Shimul, vice-president of Benapole C&F Agent Association, however, alleged of a nexus developing between truck drivers and Bangaon municipality mayor in Petrapole, India, over charging Bangladeshi importers extra as demurrage for halting of export-import activities in the port.