'Small vehicles from outside Dhaka have been prohibited from entering the capital. Within two months, illegal small vehicles running inside Dhaka will be identified, and restricted'
A committee has been formed to identify, and remove illegal vehicles from streets in the capital, and reclaim footpaths, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on Wednesday.
"Small vehicles from outside Dhaka have been prohibited from entering the capital. Within two months, illegal small vehicles running inside Dhaka will be identified, and restricted," he said.
The minister was addressing the media after the 12th board meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) at Nagar Bhaban, reports UNB.
Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon, Gazipur City Corporation Mayor Jahangir Alam and Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy were also present at the meeting.
Quader said the newly-formed committee has representatives from police and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation.
DSCC Mayor Khokon is its chief coordinator while Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam is its member.
DTCA will review the committee's works and hold meetings after every two months from now on, the minister said.
Quader said the newly-formed committee will work to reclaim Dhaka's footpaths too.
"Footpaths are for pedestrians," he said. "This committee will run campaigns to recover illegally occupied footpaths, and evict hawkers."
He also assured putting to an end, the practice of illegal parking.
Quader said automation facility to control traffic will be introduced soon, and directives have already been given to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police in this regard.
"We believe we can remove the menace of traffic jams if we try sincerely," the road transport minister said.