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HC seeks report on traffic signal system

  • Published at 07:31 pm January 20th, 2020
File photo: Traffic congestion in Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Mismanagement in traffic signal system is the reason behind many road accidents, the petitioner Manoj says

The High Court has directed the authorities concerned to submit a report on the mismanagement of the traffic signal monitoring system in Dhaka within 30 days.

The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the order on Monday, following a writ petition filed by advocate Manoj Kumar Bhowmik.

Referring to the reason for the writ petition, Manoj said: "Mismanagement in the traffic signal system is the reason behind many road accidents." 

The court issued a rule seeking explanation as to why inaction of the relevant authorities regarding traffic signal light mismanagement should not be declared illegal.

The HC further directed the ministry concerned to form a policy on traffic signals, and asked the traffic additional commissioner to submit a progress report in this regard within 30 days.

Secretaries to the Home Ministry, Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry, Inspector General of Police, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner, Commissioner of Traffic, and the CEOs of the two Dhaka City Corporations (DSCC, DNCC), were also asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.

Contacted for comments, Ilias Kanchan, founder and chairman of Nirapad Sarak Chai (Nischa - We demand safe roads), said: "When you do something [managing traffic manually] for very long, it becomes a habit. You will use your [traffic police] hands to control traffic and then the traffic signal will have the wrong light on. What do we learn from this?      

"There is a departmental clash between the traffic police and the city corporations. Traffic officials are supposed to control traffic in accordance with what the signals show. However, the signals are supposed to be supervised by the city corporations. They lack coordination, thus the traffic signal system here is not working."

Meanwhile, the Road Transport and Highways Division issued a gazette notification on Monday enabling traffic rule violators to get their documents (fitness clearance, license, route permit, tax token) updated till June 30, by paying a fee for the offence.

Additional reporting done Abdullah Alif