Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina on Tuesday ordered that separate lanes must be made along with every highway for slow-moving vehicles, including rickshaws, apparently in sympathy for protesting drivers of the three-wheelers.
The PM’s order came at a meeting the ECNEC, two days after the city corporations stopped movement of rickshaws in three key roads of the capital from Sunday to ease traffic chaos.The decision sparked street protests by the rickshaw pullers who took to the city streets, halting traffic movement on some key roads for hours triggering massive traffic jams almost across Dhaka, which already suffers from daily chaos on the roads with many hours lost which hurts the economy.
The Premier’s move was apparently in sympathy with the drivers of the age-old three-wheelers and she also approved two road projects at the ECNEC meeting, officials said.
“There should be slow-moving lanes beside every
highway so that three wheelers, rickshaws, pushcarts and other locally developed vehicles can operate safely,” Sheikh Hasina was quoted as saying by the sources.
She also directed concerned authorities to construct a green park on the site of GPO at Gulistan area after abolishing the existing building as the postal headquarter was being shifted to its new building in Agargaon area under a Tk 91 crore project.
“Gathering of people is increasing daily in Gulistan, but required open spaces are not increasing there. So, a green park should be erected on GPO’s site for the betterment of our future generation,” Planning Minister MA Mannan quoted the premier as saying at a press conference later.The PM spoke on the issue as she approved a Tk 225 crore project to renovate worn out buildings of Bangladesh Post Office across the country.
She also suggested BPO coming up with innovative ideas so that it can be a digital post office and can become profitable amid immense competition.
She also stressed on increasing research in universities instead of constructing buildings only, meeting sources said.