Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Friday, September 22, 2017 08:50:41 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

No respite from traffic jam

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

The spectre of traffic congestion in the capital is only expected to deteriorate further in the days ahead,
compounding the daily suffering faced by commuters in one of the most densely-populated megacities of the world. "I have to spend about two hours every day travelling to and from my Paltan office," said Jannatul Ferdous, a resident of Natunbazar.  "When there is no traffic, the journey usually takes 30 minutes."
A number of passengers and commuters shared similar laments with UNB over the problems they are facing on a daily basis due to traffic jam, starting with the loss of valuable time. Clearly, the public transport crisis only serves to make matters worse for them.
Jannatul Ferdous spoke of how she often has to wait for long periods on her way to office due to lack of public transport on the city's thoroughfares, adding that "Even if I can catch any passenger vehicle luckily, there's almost no room left, even for standing."
Demanding immediate steps by the government to resolve the nagging traffic jam in the city, the irritated commuter said, "If something is not done soon, commuting will become a worse experience in a few years."
That "something" may include increasing the number of public transports in the city, she said.
Echoing Jannatul Ferdous, urban planner Prof Nazrul Islam said, "The traffic congestion problem will worsen in the city in a few years, due to its growing population."
Against this background, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader of the new government on Wednesday told reporters that his primary task will be to free the choking capital Dhaka from the grip of traffic jam.
As part of the first steps towards realizing this, the minister pledged stern steps to evict illegally occupied roadside establishments and to stop plying of unauthorized vehicles in the city. The minister also gave assurances for starting construction works of two mega projects-Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) that can significantly reduce traffic congestion in the city.
Communications Ministry officials, however, did not share their minister's optimism over the timing of the two projects. Sources at the ministry said although consultants have been appointed for the MRT project, the tender process for work on the main structure has not even started.
Besides, the construction of the Tk 22,000 crore MRT stretching from the capital's Uttara to Motijheel is a very long-term project, with 130 months (12 years) set aside in the court system for it.
The same sources also said consultants are yet to be appointed for the 20-kilometre BRT project, which will stretch from Shahjalal International Airport in the capital to Joydevpur, Gazipur. Once the project is completed, Gazipur people will have dedicated road to drive straight to the airport. The far less complicated BRT project, provided all goes well, could be completed as early as 2016.
Dr Nazrul Islam suggested swift implementation of MRT and BRT, reinforcement of traffic regulation system in the city and protection of its walkways from occupation. "In a word, there has to be an improvement in the overall management of the city's communication sector."

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Shortage of food, water and medicine in Rohingya camps makes life difficult

FOLLOWING the influx of some 26,000 pregnant mothers, 40,000 lactating kids, and 2,00,000 children out of an estimated more than 4,00,000 migrated Rohingyas from Myanmar - many are now at high risk due to lack of proper health care, food, water and medicines. When some of the high-ups of the ...

Sports »

Kristie Ahn of the United States returns a shot to Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay during their second round match at the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday.

City »

From left- former Vice-President of Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU)Sultan Mohammad Monsur Ahmed, , Krishok Sramik Janata League President Bangabir Kader Siddique, Bir Uttam, General Secretary respectively of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal Abdul Malek Ratan, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BaSaD) General Secretary Khalekuzzaman, President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Gana Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain, Professor Dilara Chowdhury of Jahangirnagar University, former State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ministry Abul Hasan Chowdhury and weekly Robbar Editor Syed Tosharaf Ali spoke at a rally title

Entertainment »

Hera`s one decade in showbiz

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Popular model cum actress Ruksana Ali Hera has already passed 10 years in media. She was first seen as a still model of Banglalink taken by photographer Iqbal Ahmed. She also started her career as a model in a visual advertisement of mobile company Airtel under the ...

Entertainment »

Nagpada Godmother's grandkids to feature in 'Haseena Parkar'

Shraddha Kapoor will essay the role of dreaded don Dawood Ibrahim's sister Haseena Aapa in Apoorva Lakhia's upcoming film 'Haseena Parkar' and we have learned that the film also features actual grandkids of the real Haseena Parkar, who was referred to as the 'Godmother of Nagpada'.  Confirming the same, director ...

International »

Russian special forces helping Syrian troops in key city

AP, Moscow :Russian special forces are helping Syrian government troops fight Islamic State militants in the battle underway for the strategic city of Deir el-Zour in eastern Syria, the defense ministry in Moscow said on Thursday.The deployment comes amid rising concerns of a direct confrontation on the ground between Russian-backed ...

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.

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
Write a comment to this news