Many parts of the capital witnessed intolerable traffic congestion on Thursday, causing untold sufferings for commuters.
Hundreds of vehicles, mostly buses, private cars, motorbikes and slow-moving rickshaws, were seen lying stuck in tailbacks for hours on busy roads and thoroughfares in different areas, including Motijheel, Purana Paltan, Gulistan, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Karwan Bazar, Tejgaon, Mirpur, Gulshan and Banani.
Police said the movement of people as well as vehicles has increased on roads after the lockdown restrictions were eased.
Farmgate-Airport road, New Market-Mirpur road, Paltan-Shahbagh road, Gulistan-Malibagh road, Jatrabari-Malibagh road and Malibagh-Urrata road also saw gridlock.
Abu Raihan Mohammad Saleh, joint commissioner (Traffic North) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said: “During the strict lockdown, many people couldn't step out of their houses. But as soon as the lockdown restrictions were lifted, people and motorised vehicles in large numbers are hitting the city streets, contributing to creating congestion.”
Besides, the sudden downpour also created waterlogging on some roads, leading to gridlock and causing sufferings for commuters, he said. “But we’re working hard to tackle the situation” the joint commissioner added.
Hossain Ali, a resident of Mirpur in the capital, left for Karwan Bazar on a motorcycle around 11:30am but he had been able to reach Kakoli intersection of Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Banani at 12 noon.
Hossain finally reached his destination after one and half an hours whereas normally, it takes 30 minutes.
Not only in Gulshan and Banani but also in other areas, roads were jammed with traffic since morning.
DMP's Motijheel traffic division said the roads in the commercial hub saw severe traffic jam as Thursday was the last working day of the week.
However, traffic inspector Shahid Hossain said Shahbagh witnessed less congestion.
He said the traffic was heavy on the road in the morning as it was the last working day of the week. “But now the traffic is light,” he said in the afternoon.