Decentralisation to help ease Dhaka's traffic gridlock: Mannan

‘50 lakh hours wasted in traffic jam, it costs Tk 37,000 cr’


24th February, 2020 10:03:21 printer

Decentralisation to help ease Dhaka's traffic gridlock: Mannan

Planning Minister MA Mannan on Sunday said administrative decentralisation can be an option to reduce Dhaka's nagging traffic jam.

"The traffic management in Dhaka is now in a dire situation. Support from all stakeholders is needed to resolve the problem. Administrative decentralisation can be a way to reduce the traffic pressure in the city," he said.

The minister was addressing a seminar titled "The future planning of urban transportation in Dhaka" organised by Mukto Akash magazine at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) auditorium in the capital.

He underscored the need for accomplishing administrative activities of all the districts locally, saying it will help ease the traffic situation in Dhaka to some extent.

Mannan also said there are weaknesses in the plan implementation. "We take loans different times [from donors] to implement projects when we have to look into their interest. That's a big problem.”

He said official activities in some developed countries are done from home. "If we can ensure online system and work from home, then the traffic pressure will be reduced."

Citing a study, Editor and Publisher of Mukto Akash Md Shamsul Alam said around 50 lakh work hours are wasted every year in traffic jam in Dhaka which costs the country Tk 37,000 crore economically.

"The traffic jam is very worrying issue here. Short and long term plans should be taken to address it,” he said.

Chairman of Urban Habitant Consultants Architect Tanvir Nawaz read out the keynote paper at the event.

"The population of the megacity (Rajuk/STP area) could double to over 4 crore by 2050. Around 2 crore people are now living in this area. So, a dire situation here will be created in future if we don't take proper plans now," he said.

Former President of Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) Engineer Md Abdul Awal said Dhaka’s traffic jam will be reduced by 50 percent if the government can ensure proper traffic management.

Prof Zebun Nasreen Ahmed of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) underscored the need for taking proper policy and creating awareness among people to settle the issue.

Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) Executive Director Khandaker Rakibur Rahman, Bangladesh Association of Construction Industry (BACI) President Engineer SM Khorshed Alam, Centre for Management Development Director AMM Khairul Bashar and Engineer Md Hafizur Rahman, among others, spoke on the occasion.