The government on Friday officially inaugurated the regular Car Free Street initiative on Manik Mia Avenue in the capital to ease traffic congestion, environmental pollution and fuel expenditure.
On the day, no traffic was allowed between 8:00am and 11:00am on the north side of the avenue.
Earlier, on September 22, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader gave the order to restrict traffic for three hours on the first Friday of every month on the avenue during observing World Car-Free Day 2017.
During the programme different cultural activities took place on the avenue including painting, cycling, yoga and meditation practicing, chess and ludu playing.
Children were seen playing while their parents also welcome the initiative and thanked the authorities for the initiative.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner (west) Prabir Kumar Saha told New Age that decision had been taken to restrict traffic on about 150 metre portion of Manik Mia Avenue’s north side between 8:00am and 11:00am on the first Friday of every month.
‘We will restrict traffic on the avenue’s Bakultola to Amtola stretch as many children play there and different cultural activities also take place there,’ he said.
Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority executive director Syed Ahmed inaugurated the Car Free Street initiative on the avenue to reduce the number of cars on the streets.
He said they could not implement the initiative on October 6 and November 3 due to medical admission test and Jail Killing Day.
‘I have a plan to implement the initiative on a road under Dhaka South City Corporation in future,’ he said adding that Manik Mia Avenue was under North City Corporation.
Car Free Street would be observed regularly from now on as people were very much enthusiast about the initiative, he observed.
Work for a Better Bangladesh, Trust project officer Atiqur Rahman said different countries observe the day to develop public transport system and control the use of private cars.
The inaugural ceremony was attended, among others, by Department of Environment director Farid Ahmed and WBBT programme manager Maruf Rahman.
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