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National Road Safety Day on Tuesday

  • Published at 01:03 am October 22nd, 2019
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The Road Transport and Bridges Ministry has drawn up various programs including souvenir publication, discussion events, parade and road safety campaign

The National Road Safety Day is being observed on Tuesday in a befitting manner in the country.

This year’s theme is: ‘Jiboner Age Jibika Noy, Sarak Durghatana Ar Noy’ - it reads as 'Livelihood is not before life, no more road accident.'

The Road Transport and Bridges Ministry has drawn up various programs including souvenir publication, discussion events, parade and road safety campaign, reports BSS.

Marking the day, a colorful march past will be brought out from the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad at 7.30 am.

A dialogue will be held at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) auditorium at 10:00 am.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the event as the chief guest.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday issued separate messages on the eve of the National Road Safety Day.

The President, in his message, said there is no alternative to advanced transport system for sustainable economic development and social progress.

He said the government is committed to cut down 50% road accidents in the second decade of the 21st century.

To build a coordinated communication system, massive infrastructural development plan has been taken across the country, he said.

The president said Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Mymensingh highways have already been upgraded to four lanes; and mega projects like the Dhaka-Elevated-Expressway, bus rapid transit are being implemented.

He said the multi-purpose Padma Bridge is now very much visible and is being funded from domestic sources.

Besides, multi-pronged initiatives and programs, including upgrading other regional highways to four or more than four lanes, construction of flyovers and overpasses, making traffic signs and road markings, construction of restrooms beside highways, imparting training to drivers, have been taken, he said.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said advanced communication infrastructures and sufficient transport facilities are pre-requisites to economic and social development. 

The premier said the government is putting emphasis on strengthening road safety side by side with making massive development of the country’s road transport system.

She said the government’s target is to build a modern, technology based and safer and sustainable highway network.

The prime minister said road accident could claim scores of human lives costing society a hefty price. An accident can be the reason for untold sufferings for individuals and families for ones entire life, she added.

She urged all to be mindful about safer driving.

The president and the prime minister wished success of all programs of the day.

Marking the day, a documentary on road safety will be put into display at key points in the city including bus terminals at 4pm.

Leaflets, posters and stickers will be distributed to make aware the transport owners, drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

The day will also be observed at district and upazila levels amid processions, discussions and screening of awareness raising documentary.