Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:41:14 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Chaos on city roads

Slow pace in dev works bring miseries to dwellers

By
18th-Jul-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Sagar Biswas :
Traffic chaos persists in the capital Dhaka, as it lacks an organized traffic system. Such gridlock is now an everyday experience, leading to a massive disruption in city dwellers' life.

Yesterday's traffic jam added to their woes.  The residents of Naya Paltan, Purana Paltan, Bijoy Nagar,  Motijheel, Dilkhusha, Shahbagh, Kakrail, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Karwan Bazar, Bangla Motor, Farmgate, Shewrapara, Taltola, Mirpur and Pallabi witnessed a severe congestion of vehicles.

Also, digging of major roads contributed to such chaos. Presently, the situation has taken a turn for the worse as uncoordinated road digging is going on by different utility service providers amid construction of flyovers alongside other development works.

Most of the city roads and lanes are now facing such digging problem, either for implementation of any development project such as Metro Rail or cable and pipe installations by the utility services, such as WASA, Titas, City Corporations and DPDC.

 "It is killing unlimited working hours and reducing commuters' energy and working ability.  I don't understand why government doesn't pay heed to such a burning issue," said an NGO official Mustafizur Rahman, expressing dissatisfaction.

Many sufferers said traffic is usually at its worst during the time when people go to or return from work. It is also bad during public examination periods. This causes people to be late at work, and also at examinations.
Aminur Rashid, a resident of Mirpur -11 said the digging work could have been done right before the roads were repaired. "But, things have become horrible. Now you cannot even move on foot in the area, let alone passing by motorized vehicles," he said.

 In Dhaka, around half of the city dwellers go to work on foot, while the rest do so using private cars, buses, taxies, motorcycles, rickshaws or other modes of transports. Traffic congestions here remain a perennial problem which causes hundreds of hours to be wasted on the streets and economic loss as well.

The city dwellers, however, alleged that buses are the worst offenders while drivers show no regards whatsoever for the safety of their passengers or other pedestrians as well as vehicles.

"Alongside the major development projects, at present, more than 30 per cent of roads have been illegally occupied by hawkers, salesmen and the shopkeepers. The pedestrians also use roads due to lack of spacious footpaths," said an official of Traffic Department, Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

Experts pointed to multifarious reasons for traffic congestion of Dhaka city. The main reasons include the layout of the city and its master plan, over population, excessive traffic density, inadequate and unplanned road construction, heterogeneous vehicles and inadequate public transports and manual haulers and rickshaws.

Railway crossings, insufficient parking arrangements, illegal constructions on pavements and footpaths, construction materials dumped on the streets, poor traffic management system, a tendency of violating traffic laws, unplanned development works by authorities such as road repair at inconvenient times, poor drainage systems and water logging during rainy seasons, special occasions and events, schedules of VIPS stopping ongoing traffic and using the wrong side of the roads and the anthropological inheritances of the people also contributed to the mess in the city's traffic system, they said.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Suu Kyi`s speech cannot silence the critics


STATE Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi finally broke her silence on the Rohingya refugee crisis Tuesday insisting that her country was not "afraid of international scrutiny." But her speech in Naypyidaw drew widespread criticism, such as; she did not denounce atrocities against Rohingyas and claimed the government needed ...

Football »

Bayern`s Arturo Vidal is celebrated after he scored the third goal for Bayern during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich at the Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on Tuesday.


Entertainment »

Feels good that like-minded people are in CBFC: Vidya Balan


Last month, much to the relief of filmmakers and the audience, the Censor Board of Film Certification underwent a revamp in August. Padma Shri recipient and lyricist Prasoon Joshi replaced Pahlaj Nihalani as the chairperson and revered film personalities like Vidya Balan and TS Nagabharana became board’s new members. Hopes ...

International »

Iran in UN spotlight as Trump threatens nuclear deal


AFP, United Nations :Tehran will defend itself on the world stage on Wednesday with President Donald Trump threatening to trigger a new international crisis by pulling out of the Iran nuclear accord.Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is to address the United Nations General Assembly, where worried world leaders are fearful of ...

City »

Residents of Dolaipar area in the city facing acute water crisis as water with bad smell has been coming from the WASA line. People have to collect drinking water from the only WASA pump in the areas standing in long queue.


Editorial »

Our inactive diplomacy is deplorable : We shall need armed support


IT'S almost a month since Myanmar has started to push Rohingya Muslims illegally into Bangladesh; creating a burden for an economically weaker country like ours. Our government waiting eagerly for the international power houses to act quickly and solve the problem for us. But all our so-called proven friends like ...

Entertainment »

Antora Azim`s web series Basic Ali


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Few years ago, Antora Azim started her acting career through Adnan Al Rajib’s a play titled Middle Class Sentiment. Under his direction Antora also performed as a model in a TV commercial of Banglalink. Later she took break from media for her study. She again started shooting ...

Entertainment »

Bhoomi item song by Sunny Leone faces Censor scissors - fans to face disappointment


The Censor Board always has a last laugh because of the immense powers vested with it. And with power comes responsibility. The Central Board of Film Certification is a statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Bhoomi has been at the receiving ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, among others, at a discussion on `Bangladesh`s Position in Rohingya Crises` organised by Bangladesh Youth Forum at the Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday.


International »

Trump expresses his hopes for peaceful settlement to ME crisis


AFP, United Nations :US President Donald Trump again expressed his hopes for a peaceful settlement to the Middle East crisis Monday as he met Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Netanyahu was the first leader to have a one-on-one with Trump at the US president's first United Nations General Assembly, an annual ...

International »

Hong Kong leader demands end of independence talk


Reuters, Hong Kong  :Hong Kong's leader urged an immediate end to independence debates in the Chinese-ruled global financial hub on Tuesday, warning that the issue was harming the city's relationship with Beijing's Communist Party leaders.Insisting that the government did not want to intervene on university campuses, Chief Executive Carrie Lam ...

Sports »

Canada`s Brayden Schnur (right) and India`s Yuki Bhambri shake hands after the match during Davis Cup singles tennis tournament action in Edmonton, Alberta on Sunday.


Editorial »

Rice crisis must be resolved — police action not enough


THE government on day before yesterday directed the law enforcement agencies and Deputy Commissioners (DC) to arrest illegal rice hoarders in the country. The directive comes in the wake of introducing open market sales (OMS) of coarse rice at Tk. 30 per kg, double the previous year's price, across the ...

City »

Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh brought out a procession in the city protesting persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar was intercepted by police at Shantinagar intersection on Monday.


Entertainment »

Waluscha De Sousa sets the ramp on fire in an Anj Kreations lehenga


A fashion favourite & Bollywood actress Waluscha De Sousa who made her debut in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Fan was seen walking the ramp at a preview show for an upcoming exhibition named Joya. This exhibition organised by the Moranis of Cineyug held a preview of top 8 designers participating ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news