Traffic congestion in Chattogram, not for Port cause : Chairman
Chattogram Bureau :
Chairman of Chatto gram Port Authority Rear Admiral Zulfikar Aziz said the recent traffic congestion in port connecting road, Barik Building to Fakirhat and cement crossing in Airport Road were not for the cause of Chattogram Port rather water-logging, renovations of PC road, and constructions of elevated expressway near cement crossing and CWASA pipeline installations .
Due to these ongoing development works of the airport road, PC road, the breadth of the existing roads squizzed to greater extend which hampering the free traffic movement in these important roads, CP chairman added.
Port chairman disclosed it to the journalists while exchanging views at Bandar Bhaban conference hall yesterday morning. Chairman further said following the 12 days incessant rain in the city, waterlogging arised in different parts of the city and the lowlying areas inundated and during these period, port areas and airport road badly affected and easy traffic movement hampered a lot.
Another reason of congestions ascertained due to alternative road for port bound movement of covered van, trailor, heavy trucks etc .Port chairman said upto 6 May after cyclone Fanee about 5,600 TEUS containers were delivered and upto 12 July from Ramadan month 4,800 TEUs containers delivered but these peak period there was no congestions in port areas.
He also said everyday about 7000 trucks, trailers, covered vans enter in port yard. As per directives of ISPS, all drivers, helpers, assistants of transports are being enlisted with database and so far 33 thousand such drivers and helpers enlisted their names in database entry.
Besides, the drivers and helpers of 17 Off Docks are enlisted for entry in port round the clock. He also s aid lack of truck terminal, about 5 thousand transport vehicles had to wait in front of different port gate and main gate every day and after checking of national ID, driving licence with database, these transports permitted to enter in port which may take some times. Port chairman emphasized the need of joint work to mitigate the present prevailing congestions. He s aid to ease the traffic congestion out of port area, there is need of two ring road i.e one from Agrabad to Anandabazar through access road, Barapol and second one from GEC circle to Sagarika road. After implementing these two roads, traffic congestion in Airport road, Agrabad, Lalkhan Bazar areas will be eased to the maximum extents.
Among others Member(Admn) Jafar Alam, Member(Marine) , Director (Security), Secretary were present on the occasion.
On the other hand, Chattogram Chamber of Commerce & Industry President at a views exchanging meeting recently demanded to save the economic lifeline famous Chattogram Bandar from the curse of traffic congestions. He demanded an alternative road towards Airport during the construction period of Elevated expressway from Lalkhan Bazar to Airport.