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Obaidul Quader: Manik Mia Avenue will be car-free once a month

  • Published at 04:56 pm September 22nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:57 pm September 22nd, 2017
Obaidul Quader: Manik Mia Avenue will be car-free once a month
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said Manik Mia Avenue in Dhaka will be free of private cars once a month. He made the statement at an event to commemorate World Car Free Day 2017 on Friday. The selected day each month will be on either the first or last Friday which has yet to be decided. Only regular public transport vehicles will be available on Manik Mia Avenue on the car-free day. Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) along with 48 other private organisations and NGOs organised the daylong event at Manik Mia Avenue. Speakers at the programme discussed the dire need for traffic congestion-free and pollution free urbanisation, development of the transportation system and stronger private car regulations to make the roads safer for the public. The minister has said: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given her approval to launch the day.”
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This year, the slogan is “Go car free and choose your ride: walk, bike or take a bus.” Chairman of Poribesh Bachao Andolan (Poba) Abu Naser Khan has said: “Freeing the roads from private car movement is not enough. We also have to make the footpaths more pedestrian-friendly.” Nirapad Sarak Chai Chairman Ilias Kanchan has said: “Besides private car regulations, public transportation rules need to be followed properly. Both public and private transportation owners need to be more responsible to ensure road safety.” The event is open for all and features activities such as drawing competition, cycling, games and a discussion session to build public awareness of road safety.