City dwellers witnessed severe traffic congestions on different roads and thoroughfares in the capital on Monday.
Commuters blamed indiscriminate road digging and repair works at different parts of the capital for the existing deadlock traffic scenario which is causing untold sufferings for people.
While visiting different areas, this correspondent found that indiscriminate road digging and repair work at different parts of the capital, including Kamalapur to Mughda-Maniknagar road, Gopibagh—RK Mission road, were hindering traffic movement.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is going to resume the air-conditioned (AC) circular bus service in Dhanmondi and Uttara route of the capital from October 1 to facilitate the movement of university students.
This service remained suspended for a long time due to the Covid pandemic and the closure of the universities.
As the schools and colleges reopened on Sunday and the universities will reopen soon, the circular AC bus will be re-launched to cut traffic congestion and ease sufferings of city residents from October 1, BRTC said.
Chairman of the organisation (Additional Secretary) Tajul Islam confirmed the matter on Monday.
Hundreds of vehicles, mostly passenger buses, private cars, motorbikes and slow moving rickshaws, got stuck in traffic congestions for hours on different busy roads and thoroughfares, including Motijheel, Purana Paltan, Gulistan, Malibagh, Moghbazar, Karwan Bazar, Tejgaon, Mirpur, Gulshan and Banani areas.
The traffic scenario was worst in and around of almost of all the schools and colleges in Motijheel, Kakrail, Azimpur and Mirpur areas on Monday.
With huge pressure of motor vehicles, including public transports, on the streets, the city’s traffic management virtually collapsed on Monday.
Police said people as well as vehicles in large number were coming out their residents. They rushed towards streets, footpaths and kitchen markets.
Massive traffic congestion was seen in most of the city streets, including Farmgate-Airport Road, Newmarket-Mirpur road, Paltan-Shahbagh, Gulistan Malibagh, Jatrabari-Malibagh, Malibagh Badda-Uttara road.
Abu Raihan Mohammad Saleh, joint commissioner (traffic north) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said, “Due to the strict lockdown, many people couldn't step out of their houses. As soon as the lockdown restrictions were lifted, people and motor vehicles in large number took to the city-streets creating huge traffic congestion.”
Besides, opening of the schools and colleges has also created extra pressure on the overall traffic management, causing traffic congestions and suffering for the commuters. “But, we are working hard to tackle the nagging traffic situation,” said the joint commissioner.
Hossain Ali, a resident of Mirpur in the capital, left for Karwan Bazar on a motorcycle at 11:30am on Monday. At 12:00noon, he reached the Kakli junction of Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Banani.
Due to the heavy traffic on the road, he had to stay there for about 45 minutes. Seeing the severe traffic jam on Mohakhali-bound road, he did not go that way but went to Gulshan through Banani.
There was also traffic jam. All in all, it took Hossain Ali an hour and a half to reach Karwan Bazar from Mirpur. Normally, it takes half an hour.
Not only Gulshan-Banani, most of the roads in the capital were jammed since morning. Traffic jams were also reported in Motijheel area.