Lack of adequate public transports in the capital compels hundreds of thousands of commuters to struggle with one another for getting into the vehicles.
Moreover, it kills their valuable time to wait for buses for hours together. Frequent traffic gridlock multiplies their woes.Although the commuters face the same situation off and on, the authorities concerned seem to be indifferent to resolve the long-lasting problem.
Because of the sufferings, some of them people have bought private cars and motorbikes, contributing to traffic jam and road accidents. Anwar Hossain, an employee at Adabar’s Dr Mizanur Rahman Professionals’ College, is one of them, who have bought a battery-run motorbike to get rid of regular hassle.
“While waiting for buses, I had to waste on an average 40-50 minutes every day. To get rid of the problem, I decided to buy a motorbike. As I lacked adequate money to buy a good motorbike, I had to buy a battery-run motorbike at a cost of Tk 20,000,” he said. “I would not have to buy the vehicle, if adequate buses plied on the route that I travel,” he added.
A recent report published by Paribesh Bachao Andolan (POBA) reveals that private vehicles have outnumbered the public ones.
In 1990, there were around 11,000 public buses in the capital that came down to 8,000 in 2008 and 3,500 in 2015, according to POBA.
On the other hand, the number of private vehicles was around 3,18,495 in 2008 that rose to over 4,36,055 in 2016.Everyday, 317 new private vehicles are added to existing ones.
Presently, in Dhaka city there is only a bus for 3,000 passengers. Buses account for only 3.5 percent of total road transports that carry 47 percent of passengers. Twenty-two percent of roads are being used by private vehicle owners carrying only nine percent of passengers.
A 2017 report of Democracy International, a US-based research organisation, said only six percent people use 76 percent of Dhaka roads.
Quoting experts, POBA said that around 60-65 percent of roads are being used by the owners of private vehicles while six to eight percent of roads are for public transports. Rest of the roads is occupied by illegal occupants.