Different government and non-government organisations on Sunday observed the World Car Free Day in the capital with an aim to reduce traffic congestion, environmental pollution and transportation costs by reducing the number of cars.
The day was observed under the theme ‘Safe walking and cycling’ to control cars on roads.
On the day, Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority, along with 58 more government and non-government organisations staged a programme on Manik Mia Avenue at south plaza of the National Parliament.
The other organisers were Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Dhaka South City Corporation, Dhaka North City Corporation, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, Environment Department, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Human Settlement Programme, Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust and Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon.
The programme was inaugurated by the home affairs minister Asaduzzaman Khan, said a press release issued by the World Car Free Day observation committee.
At the inauguration ceremony, the minister said that a developed and modern public transport system was necessary to drive the country’s socio-economic development, said the release.
He said that use of cars would be reduced when mass rapid transits and bus rapid transits would become functional.
Pointing at the bus owners, the minister urged them to run good quality buses which, as per his observation, would reduce the number of cars on roads.
He added that they would work with ‘pedestrian first’ policy for the future generation.
While addressing as special guest, DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon blamed cars for the severe traffic congestion in the capital.
He suggested that people with cars should be sharing rides on a regular basis.
DTCA executive director Khandakar Rakibur Rahman said that currently cars covered less than 10 per cent trips per day in the capital.
They were working to transform Dhaka as a pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly city to reduce congestion and pollution, he added.
The programme was attended among others by road transport and bridges ministry additional secretary Rowshan Ara Begum, DTCA additional executive engineer Zakir Hossain Majumder, WBBT programme manager Maruf Hossain and several hundred students of different schools.
The organisers also held cultural programme, cycling and skating sessions besides other sports on the road.
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