New committee formed to ease traffic gridlock in Dhaka in 2 months

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:15, Jun 19,2019 | Updated: 01:04, Jun 20,2019

 
 

Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. — New Age file photo

The authorities on Wednesday formed a committee headed by Dhaka South City mayor Sayeed Khokon to ease traffic congestion in the capital within the next two months.
In achieving this goal the committee would stop movement of all illegal vehicles and illegal parking and recover footpaths in Dhaka, said road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader.
‘Nowadays we only take decisions which do not get implemented,’ he said, adding that ‘in this time of mistrust I want to bring back trust through the activities of this committee in the next two months.’
The committee was formed at the 12th board meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority held at its head office in the capital.
Obaidul chaired the meeting while housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim, Sayeed Khokon, Narayanganj City Corporation mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, Gazipur City Corporation mayor Jahangir Alam, lawmaker Shagufta Yasmin Emily and Nazrul Islam Babu were present among others.
In the meeting, the road minister had discussed a range of strategies, including short-, mid- and long-term solutions to traffic congestions.
‘At present, unbearable traffic congestion became a daily concern for the citizens,’ he said, adding that, ‘It is also affecting us in different ways — there is a negative impact on time and money spent on Dhaka roads.’
As a part of the short-term initiatives the committee was formed under the coordination of the south city mayor.
It would take initiatives to recognise and then remove illegal small vehicles from the streets of Dhaka city with the cooperation of the law enforcement agencies within the next two months, he said.
As footpaths were meant for pedestrians the committee would reclaim these and coordinate the drive to recover footpaths, he continued.
It would also restrict the entry of compressed natural gas driven auto-rickshaws in the capital from the districts and stop illegal parking in the Dhaka metropolitan city, said the minister.
‘Solutions to every problem cannot be expected in two months,’ he said, adding, ‘I believe that within this period the committee will produce a result for the citizens.’
This time they had taken some effective initiatives, he said.
Replying to a question, he said that if the authorities took any initiative in an integrated manner and implemented these with sincere effort, then solutions would come automatically.
The traffic police were directed to work properly to make traffic signals more effective, he said.
He informed that the committee would also have Dhaka North City Corporation mayor and Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner as members while representatives from DTCA, Department of Environment, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and road transport owners and workers’ associations would also be in the committee.
They also decided to hold DTCA board meeting once every two months depending on the need, the minister added.

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