Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday expressed his optimism telling that this year’s Eid journey would be comfortable for holidaymakers.
“This year’s Eid journey will be comfortable for holidaymakers. We have reached at a position that will assure a comfortable road journey for them,” he said.Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, was speaking at an opinion exchange meeting on the office premises of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) at Motijheel in the capital.
He said there will be no gridlock on roads and highways if divers follow the traffic rules.
Referring to inauguration of bridges, flyovers and underpasses on Dhaka-Chattogram and northern highways, Quader said there will be no gridlock on roads and highways this year where massive traffic congestion prevailed earlier.
“But, there is a bit of problem on Gazipur Road,” he said, adding that he had directed the authorities concerned to stop piling work on the road during Eid holidays.
A committee led by the Minister for Liberation War Affairs, AKM Mozammel Haque, has been formed to address traffic congestion on Gazipur Road.
The AL leader informed that 253 new buses were added to BRTC fleet.“In addition to new buses a total of 1,142 buses will be on the streets during Eid holidays,” he said.
About lack of maintenance of buses, he said, “BRTC buses break down very quickly. The persons responsible for maintenance of buses should oversee the issue.”
He also said that increasing the number of buses will be futile if traffic discipline does not return on roads.
Quader asked transport owners and workers for taking action if anyone tries to take extra fare during Eid holidays.
“There are complaints that BRTC workers ask for more fare during Eid holidays,” he said.
“If BRTC goes bankrupt then you will also be jobless,” he said, adding that he does not want BRTC to be a bankrupt organisation.