Mayor Atiqul seeks time from students to make Dhaka roads safe05 April 2019 bdnews24.com
Dhaka North Mayor Atiqul Islam has sought time to ensure safety and security of people on the streets, saying there are "too many problems" in the road transport and infrastructure.
"We need to clear loads of (problems) to get safe road. Let's move together," he told students from several educational institutions, including Bangladesh University of Professionals or BUP, in a meeting at his office on Thursday. The mayor briefed them about the progress in fulfilling their demands for road safety.
On Mar 19, a bus operated by Suprobhat Paribahan ran over and killed Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, 20, a BUP student, on a zebra crossing near the Jamuna Future Park in the capital.
The BUP students took to the streets and the protests spread the following day in various areas of the capital. Students from other educational institutions also joined the demonstrations demanding safe road.
Their demands included maximum penalty for the bus driver within 10 days, revocation of Suprobhat Paribahan's licence to operate, establishment of a bus stand, a government order requiring drivers to display their photograph and licence inside the bus, installation of a footbridge at the Bashundhara gate, and CCTV cameras to monitor traffic officers.
"But time is needed to fulfil these demands. We want more time. We'll meet all the demands gradually. We will see where to work fast," said the mayor after agreeing with the demands.