Students on Thursday extended the time of the ultimatum they recently gave to the authorities to meet their demands for road safety till the first week of this May.
On the first week of May the Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Md Atiqul Islam would meet and share with them updates on the initiatives they were to implement within this period, the students said.
After that they would determine the next steps, the students declared while attending a meeting with the north city mayor at DNCC Nagar Bhaban.
The corporation organised the meeting to discuss their initiatives taken after the recent spate of student protests following the death of Bangladesh University of Professionals student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury on March 19 by a speeding Suprabhat Paribahan bus at Pragati Sarani in the capital.
Earlier on March 28, a group of BUP and some other private university students postponed the protests until April 4.
Tawhid Al Zaman, one of the BUP students at the meeting, told New Age that they postponed their protests till first week of May this year.
In the meantime they would observe that whether the authorities concerned would implement their demands, he said.
On Thursday they upheld a 12-point demands to the mayor including inclusion of separate chapter on traffic rules in the textbooks, publishing and broadcasting awareness programmes in the media, setting up fencing grills on road dividers, close circuit cameras at zebra crossings and digital traffic signals, taking stern action if any biker or motorcyclist or car driver prevented pedestrian movement on footpaths, immediate implementation of bus route rationalisation under six companies, establishing sufficient amount of driving schools, transparent driving licence test, repairing inactive Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation buses to engage these on roads, prevent movement of non-motorised vehicles on roads where public transports ply, and free Bangladesh Road Transport Authority from all corruption.
DNCC mayor Md Atiqul Islam expressed solidarity with the demands pressed home by the students and urged the authorities concerned to implement these demands gradually, said a press release issued by the corporation on Thursday.
He said that they had taken an initiative to turn the stretch of road between Malibagh and Kuril Biswa Road as a ‘model road’.
On this road, standard equipment would be installed such as push buttons and flash lights at zebra crossings besides putting up fencing on road dividers, establishing bus stoppages and passenger shades, he said.
Rationalisation of bus routes would be completed within two months and initiatives were undergoing to introduce dope tests for drivers.
The meeting was attended, among others, by BRTA chairman Md Moshiar Rahman, Dhaka Metropolitan Police additional commissioner (traffic) Mir Rezaul Karim, DNCC chief executive officer Md Abdul Hai and students of different universities.
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