• Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021
  • Last Update : 08:11 pm

Traffic deadlock set to intensify in city ahead of Eid

  • Published at 04:02 pm August 4th, 2013
Traffic deadlock set to intensify in city ahead of Eid

Despite measures from Dhaka Metropolitan Police's (DMP) traffic department, hardly any improvement is seen in Dhaka's traffic situation, which gets worse every year ahead of Eid.

Lack of parking lots, growing number of shopping malls and makeshift iftar shops are prime factors behind the traffic system's eerie fall.

Moreover, disorderly vehicle parking and ongoing construction work covering large portions of roads are also responsible for gridlocks and undue suffering of commuters.

Some commuters told the Dhaka Tribune that it takes hours to cross short distances. No one can predict how much time it takes to travel from one place to another.

"I boarded the bus at 9:00 am from Mohammadpur and reached Motijheel at 11:30 am. Usually it takes one hour," said Alex Akonodo, an official of the Sundarban Courier Service.

Khan Muhammed Razwan, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) of Dhaka South City Corporation told the Dhaka Tribune that they had deployed an additional 300 personnel – 100 from DMP (traffic) and 200 from the community police – to control traffic during Ramadan, but they too were unable to handle such bustling traffic.

He said currently Dhaka has a population of almost 20m. More than one million automated vehicles, over one million rickshaws, and rickshaw vans ply the roads daily, hundreds of planned and unplanned buildings have been erected, but compared to that, the workforce of DMP has not been extended.

Traffic congestions are mainly caused by violation of traffic rules by commuters, illegal parking, indiscriminate u-turns, reckless driving and inadequate parking lots at shopping centres, he added.

"For example, the Bashundhara City shopping complex has a parking capacity of 1,000 vehicles, but everyday about 5,000 vehicles throng the biggest shopping centre of the country. Those not getting any space at the parking lot, park their vehicles on the roads and end up blocking almost half of it," claimed the DC.

"Hundreds of big and small shopping malls have sprung up across the city short distances from each other. Most of them lack proper parking systems," he said.

In addition, about 18 ongoing development projects in Dhaka city by different utility service providers like Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA), Titas Gas, Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL), Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) Ltd etc add to the ever worsening gridlocks. The construction work of Jatrabari flyover is one that creates huge tailbacks at adjacent areas.

Md Jahangir Alam, Chief Engineer of Dhaka South City Corporation alleged that authorities of the running projects did not pay any heed to their repeated requests for not digging up the roads.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail