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Lawyer seeks HC stay order on rickshaw ban

  • Published at 11:12 am July 18th, 2019
Law enforcement agency members stop rickshaw from entering Mirpur Road near Science Lab intersection on Sunday, July 7, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka city authorities have made some roads in the city off-limits to rickshaws

Supreme Court lawyer, Advocate Aynunnahar Siddique, filed a petition with the High Court seeking a stay order on both Dhaka city corporation bans on rickshaw-vans operating on three major roads in the capital.

The hearing on today's (Wednesday) petition will be held on Thursday by the High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan, the lawyer said. 

The petition was filed as part of a pending (continuing mandamus) rule issued by the High Court on March 5, 2012. 

The High Court issued a rule asking the government why, without any prior notice, the three-wheeler rickshaw ban on major thoroughfares in the capital should not be declared illegal.

In 2011, Supreme Court lawyer, Advocate Aynunnahar Siddique, filed the writ.

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Transport sector specialists observed that banning rickshaw-vans was not a solution to the traffic congestion in Dhaka. Nonetheless, both the city corporations of the capital did not pay attention to expert opinion.

On July 7, 2019, Dhaka city authorities made some roads in the city off-limits to rickshaws in an effort to discipline chaotic traffic, with plans to further limit three-wheelers when Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6 starts operating.  

The three routes on which rickshaw-vans are outlawed are Progoti Sarani from Kuril to Sayedabad over Rampura and Khilgaon, Mirpur Road from Gabtoli to Azimpur, and Elephant Road from Science Laboratory to Shahbagh.