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Removing of illegal vehicles, freeing footpaths stagnate at a snail’s pace

  • Published at 01:53 pm December 1st, 2019
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Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader during the board meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) at its office, Nagar Bhaban, in Dhaka on Sunday, December 1, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader presided over the meeting held at DTCA office in Nagar Bhaban in Dhaka

Although a strong-committee has been working since last July for removing illegal vehicles from the city streets, and freeing footpath from illegal occupants, there is no major progress.

The committee submitted a report over the issue at the 13thboard meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) on Sunday, seeking more time to complete the assignment. 

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader presided over the meeting held at DTCA office in Nagar Bhaban in Dhaka. 

According to the decision of 12th board meeting of DTCA, the committee was authorized to remove illegal transports, illegally occupied parking spaces, as well as freeing of footpaths from illegal occupants by August 30, 2019.

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon is the head of the committee while the other members are DNCC Mayor Md Atiqul Islam, Rajuk chairman, BRTA, and BRTC chairmen. 

After receiving the report, Obaidul Quader told reporters: “Removing the illegal vehicles including easy-bikes, auto-rickshaws is going on at a slow pace as the core members of the committee were engaged in tackling the dengue situation.

However, the drive against illegal vehicles had lost its momentum due to transport crisis in the city.

Mentioning that illegal transports and occupied footpaths are the major causes of road accidents, Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, secretary of Bangladesh Passenger Welfare Association (BPWA), said: "If the government does not take the issue seriously, accidents will never be reduced."

According to the submitted report, DSCC has dumped 510 illegal rickshaws, 39 auto-rickshaws, 45 three-wheelers, and 36 four-wheelers, and freed 10.35km footpaths from the occupants, while the DNCC freed some 16.7km footpath.

“The city corporations and concerned agencies will strengthen its drives against illegal occupants of footpaths.”

Dhaka gets 64 new designated parking spots

The DTCA board has also approved 64 parking points in the city following a recommendation of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

The meeting also decided to shift all inter district bus terminals outside the capital upon ensuring alternative places.

DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam, DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon, Narayanganj Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, Gazipur Mayor Md Jahangir Alam, and Narayanganj-2 lawmaker Nazrul Islam Babu, among others, were present at the meeting.