The implementation of the MRT is crucial
One of the best initiatives taken by the current government has undoubtedly been the work towards the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Dhaka, which has the potential to not only revolutionize the way people commute in the city, but also ease Dhaka’s severe traffic congestion.
These improvements are necessary, especially considering the fact that Dhaka’s current state of affairs is nigh unsustainable -- the city’s average traffic speed stands at a measly 7km/h and the 2,000sq-km area is nowhere close enough to cater to its burgeoning population.
Of course, the implementation of the MRT is crucial.
People in charge of providing an effective and efficient service to Dhaka denizens must be properly trained so that this service too does not fall into the clutches of incompetence as other services and projects have done in the past.
It is worrisome that certain reports have indicated a lack of availability of proper training for drivers and operators -- moving forward, this problem cannot be allowed to persist.
When it comes to the railway sector, we have already seen multiple accidents and a host of other issues as a result of poorly-trained loco-masters, and we cannot see a reproduction of the same issues in the MRT.
It is encouraging that the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Company is looking into ways of improving the knowledge of the drivers by seeking to send them overseas for better training, but such plans are still tentative at best.
The MRT can do great things for this city and we hope that the authorities ensure that the problems are ironed out and, when time comes, the citizens of Dhaka receive a commute worthy of any other city in the modern world.