In the wake of increasing severity of traffic congestion, Poribesh Bachao Andolan (Poba) has called upon the policymakers to pay attention in mitigating traffic woes for commuters as it consumes significant working hours of commuters in the metropolitan areas.
The problem is no longer confined to mere traffic congestion, but has become a crisis for commuters, it says.
The green campaigner came up with the call at a roundtable titled held at its Dhaka office yesterday.
Poba Chairman Abu Naser Khan asserted that the problem of traffic jam is interlinked with perpetual efforts of multinational companies making profit out of private automobile business.
“It is quite impossible to get rid of this crisis unless the focus is shifted to the convenience of people’s movement,” he said.
Pointing out the widespread use of private cars as the main driver of congestion, Poba chairman expects that the effective implementation of integrated railways can emerge as an alternative solution to end this problem.
Addressing the importance of generating contextual texts and treatises on traffic realities of Bangladesh, Poba General Secretary Md Abdus Sobhan said that this problem can be minimized effectively through the sincere initiation of government policy, in addition to raising public awareness and cooperation.
According to discussants, the biggest obstacle to solve traffic jam lies in the approach where construction of flyovers is believed to be the solution.
The speed of the cars could accelerate up to 20kmh in Dhaka only 10 years ago, but it has decreased to only 7kmh lately, they added.
Poba recommended two major principles - principle concerning controlling traffic activities and principle relating to increasing convenient activities- to resolve the crisis.