Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | ePaper

Dhaka: The city of traffic

  • Print


Md Niaz Azad :
The word ‘Sustainable’ isn’t something one would use when describing a third world country. And surely, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh and its government haven’t done much to change that point. As a developing country, Bangladesh has been showing great potential of becoming a major economic power in the world for the last decade, but till now that vision hasn't come close to reality.
The country itself has been rapidly developing itself in terms of technology and other aspects, but over the year the government has failed many times to produce a sustainable economic growth. The root cause of that is its immensely growing population.
Associating population to national problems may seen unethical in some cases, in Bangladesh, it has become matter of national crisis. It  has a population of around 15 million, where the city is only 275 square kilometres. This has transformed Dhaka into a mad house of traffic. The traffic system of the whole country has countless failures in its infrastructure.
In the last year alone, more than 20 thousand people lost their lives in street accidents, because of the cities ignorant traffic rules. While people are absolutely furious with the government for the lack of traffic administration, facts will say that the government isn't the major party to be blamed for this.
In the last 10 years, the government has established three different flyover routes in Dhaka alone. After the recent development of the Mouchak-Mogbazar flyover, high hopes remained for traffic pressure to decrease in the city, but things did not turn out exactly as planned. In the last three days, traffic volume has increased at least 1 per cent in the subjected areas.
But even after all these development plans, question still remains about how the authority can establish a stable traffic situation. The answer may remain in the cities Bus transportation system. Bangladesh has Asia’s one of the largest BTS.
The majority of the local bus services are private owned, but travelling in their vehicles can be nightmare for anyone.
Drivers continue to stop buses anywhere to pick up or drop off passengers increasing traffic congestions and the risks of accidents on capital’s streets, said experts.
The errant drivers also compel passengers to get in or get down from speeding buses even at busy intersections endangering their life and limbs, they said. The traffic rules are flouted in the very presence of the police who turn a blind eye possibly due to underhand dealings, said experts.
There is no traffic management on the capital’s streets.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police and the two city corporations blame each other for the traffic chaos caused by the preference of the drivers not to use the designated bus stoppages and the bays in the capital. No satisfactory answers could be given by officials of Dhaka South City Corporation, Dhaka North City Corporation or the police as to why a solution to traffic congestions remained elusive in the capital.
The death of veteran journalist Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury while alighting from a running mini bus at Karwan Bazar Crossing in November 2014 highlighted the capital's lingering traffic management crisis.
Iqbal Habib, urban planner and joint secretary of BPA blamed faulty traffic mismanagement and absence of political commitment for the capital’s traffic getting more and more anarchic. “If people get the needed facilities they will follow the rules,” he told the media.
The government should introduce bus rapid transit for quick and hassle-free movement of commuters, he said.
Iqbal also said that no interest was taken to structuring traffic flow in the capital as it would dry up unlawful collections for many.

More News For this Category

Hot air balloons to fill the London  skyline soon

Hot air balloons to fill the London skyline soon

Weekend Plus Desk :Have you ever seen 50 hot air balloons scattered across the blue sky at the same time, with the exception of Cappadocia in Turkey? London will

From bananas to coffee: Here are some healthy foods that can improve stamina

Weekend Plus Desk :Many-a-times, we may feel run-down at some point during the day when we least expect or want it. This could be just before hitting the gym

Writer Mohammad Yakub Ali Chowdhury

Khondkar Sirajul Haque :Mohammad Yakub Ali Chowdhury  (1888-1940) was a writer and journalist, was born on 18 Kartik 1395 BS (November 1888) in the village of Maguradanga of Pangsha

Venturous Runa to reach the goal

Venturous Runa to reach the goal

Rabiul Alam :Runa Akter is a 3rd year student of Jagannath University English department. She had to pass a life of suffering, heartsore and misery to come to the

The Victory Celebration

-Asad Chowdhury    Rivers, and our poor streams Suddenly get excited all over in a frolicsome manner like that of a maiden; What has happenep? what's the matter? Asks the

Bengali language

Bengali language

Literature Desk :Bengali language is the member of the Indo-Aryan group of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken by more than 270 million people

Folk Poet Abdul Hye Mashreki

Folk Poet Abdul Hye Mashreki

Literature Desk :Abdul Hye Mashreki (1 April 1909 - 4 December 1988) was a renowned Folk Litterateur and Poet in Bangladesh.  In the 30s and 40s he got a

Poet Mahmuda Khatun Siddiqua

Poet Mahmuda Khatun Siddiqua

Mahmud Shah Qureshi :Mahmuda Khatun Siddiqua, (1906-1977) writer, was born in Pabna on 16 December 1906. Her father, Khan Bahadur Mohammad Sulaiman, was an Inspector of Schools, and her

Educationist, litterateur Munier Choudhury

Educationist, litterateur Munier Choudhury

Literature Desk :Munier Choudhury was a famous political dissident, educationist and literary critic. He invented the advanced Bangla typewriter. He frequently visited East Germany to make this new typewriter.

 Decent menstrual hygiene management, SDGs and budget

Decent menstrual hygiene management, SDGs and budget

Mohammad Zobair Hasan :Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is one of the core issues that need proper policy attention to achieve at least two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), viz. Healthy