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Quader: Highways have never been better

  • Published at 02:18 pm May 31st, 2019
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Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader addresses the media at his visit to Dhaka's Gabtoli bus terminal to inspect the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority’s mobile court on Friday, May 31, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The minister said people's journeys, during Eid, will be smoother than before

Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader has said highways in Bangladesh have never been better as home rush for Eid picked up momentum on Friday.

He said there are no traffic jams on the roads and people’s journeys, this Eid, will be smoother than before.

“There are no traffic jams. Journeys this Eid will be relaxing,” said Quader, also the Awami League general secretary.

Quader commented this during his visit to Dhaka's Gabtoli bus terminal to inspect the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority’s mobile court on Friday morning.

The minister also said his ministry is monitoring ferry gates so that people can easily cross the Padma River without being hassled.

During the visit, Quader talked with some home-bound travellers, and bus counter managers, and listened to their opinions.

He warned that mobile courts will take strict action against anyone charging a higher fare.

Quader said: “There has been no news of extra fares being charged, or extortion. Mobile courts and law enforcement agencies are always alert to prevent these.”

The minister asked drivers to drive carefully; then urged bus company owners to appoint skilled drivers and provide them free counselling to tackle tough situations during their travels.

He urged drivers not to drive buses on the wrong side of the road, a practice that has led to gridlock on numerous occasions.

BRTA Chairman Mosihur Rahman, Bus-Truck Association Chairman Babu Romesh Chandra Das, and Shyamoli Paribahan Managing Director Shubhankar Ghosh Rakesh—along with high officials of the Dhaka Metropolitan police (DMP)—were present at the Gabtoli bus terminal during minister’s visit.