Illegally parked cars continue choking capital’s streets

Authorities take no interest to free roads below flyovers

Md Mehedi Hassan | Published: 01:46, Jan 29,2019 | Updated: 01:50, Jan 29,2019


Illegal vehicle parking on Dhaka city roads goes on as stern action against the offence still remains elusive. — Sourav Lasker

Illegally parking cars continues to choke the capital’s streets causing unending traffic congestions.
But the authorities take no interest to free the busy streets.
Roads under newly constructed flyovers at busy intersections including Mouchak, Malibagh, Moghbazar is permanently used to park cars obstructing traffic movement.
The same intersections are also under use to dump garbage obstructing traffic movement.
Urban experts expressed concern over lack of parking spaces.
Centre for Urban Studies chairman Nazrul Islam said that unplanned development including construction of government and private buildings with no parking spaces were aggravating the problem.
He said Rajuk failed to enforce its building code in the capital.
He also raised questions whether the two city corporations and Dhaka Metropolitan Police were performing their mandated responsibilities to keep the streets free for smooth traffic movement.
On busy streets at Tejgaon, Mohakhali, New Eskaton, Moghbazar, Malibagh, Khilgaon, Mouchak, Kakarail, Motijheel, Gulistan Square and Jatrabari buses and cars are parked obstructing traffic movement.
On busy streets at densely populated Khilgaon area buses and other transports are parked obstructing traffic flow with the police turning a blind eye.
The picture is the same on the busy avenue stretching form Malibagh Railway Crossing to the police outpost on the Atish Dipankar Road.
The busy roads below Mohakhali Flyover, Mogbazar-Malibagh-Mouchak-Rajarbagh Flyover, Mayor Hanif Flyover and the starting point of the 2nd Buriganga Bridge in the capital is permanently used for parking trucks, buses and other transports.
The road from Malibagh crossing to Shantinagar Crossing below the flyover is permanently used by the Crime Investigation Department and the Special Branch to park their cars obstructing traffic movement.
CID additional deputy inspector general Sheikh Md Rezaul Hayder told New Age that the busy stretch of the road was used park their vehicles as they had no alternative parking facilities.
Dhaka South City Corporation executive engineer for traffic engineering circle Rajib Khadem said that due to CID’s objections the DSCC could not create a bus stoppage there.
The bus stoppage vanished since the CID and the SB began to use the road for illegally parking their cars, he said.
Rezaul Hayder refused comment on the issue.
DSCC recently selected eight on the street parking spots at Motijheel Commercial Area, New Market and Satmasjid Road awaiting clearance from the DMP, said DSCC chief state officer Md Asaduzzaman.
DSCC alone cannot stop unauthorized car parking without support from the police and local political leaders, he said.
DMP additional traffic commissioner Mir Rezaul Alam said that the DMP selected 60 on the street car parking spots in Dhaka North City and Dhaka South City awaiting approval of the two city corporations.
He said that on the street car parking facilities were opened at some spots.
Urban planner and architect Salma A Shafi said that on the street car parking could not be the right solution to the problem facing the capital.
The roads of Dhaka city are not wide enough to manage on-street parking spots, she said.
Each commercial and residential building must have enough parking facilities and Rajuk must not allow any construction without parking space.
She recommends managing car park on secondary roads in the capital having limited traffic flow.

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