Bangladesh has an implementation problem
The government’s approval of a project to improve road safety, including traffic infrastructure development, and reducing traffic congestion in the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) area looks like an encouraging and progressive initiative, but demands caution and good sense.
There is no denying the issue with road safety and traffic on the streets of Dhaka -- it has been a little over two years that the entire country was going through protests demanding road safety, particularly in Dhaka, and it remains an ever-prevalent and relevant topic of discussion.
Therefore, any project which seriously addresses road safety and traffic congestion is worthy of attention. However, what is important to note is that this project is set to cost over Tk319 crore, and as such, it is vital that tax-payer money is not wasted due to bureaucracy and inefficiency.
The project is scheduled to be implemented by 2023, and the onus is on the authorities concerned and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the timeline is respected, and that the project truly is completed by then.
Bangladesh has an implementation problem, and despite our progress, we simply cannot shake this problem off. Too often, we have the right plans, and encouraging projects are proposed, but ultimately, never see their implementation, and in the process, waste valuable resources.
We have also seen inefficiency in implementing projects ultimately raise their costs, and these are the sorts of wastages of our valuable resources that we must put an end to.
Road safety is undoubtedly important, and such projects are a step in the right direction. However, it is equally important to use our money efficiently. If this is yet another project where the money is just going to be wasted, then it serves no purpose.