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Illegal car parking on city streets hits traffic

  • Esaraf Hossain
  • 23rd September, 2022 10:27:25 AM
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Illegal car parking on city streets hits traffic
Containers of Kamalapur Inland Depot have been kept on the main thoroughfare at Maniknagar, Mugda and Basabo in the capital, narrowing the road and contributing to traffic jam. The photo was taken from Mugda on Tuesday. —Kamrul Islam Ratan

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Indiscriminate car parking on busy roads and illegal makeshift shops on footpaths hinder free movement of vehicles in the capital, intensifying traffic jams as well as causing public sufferings.

Frequent road digging and piling up of construction materials on roadsides, lanes and by-lanes in the overcrowded city multiply the tragic congestion.

Parking of buses on roadsides, private cars in front of schools and government and non-government offices, covered vans, mini-trucks and even parcel and cargo-trucks of courier services, garments factories and Kamalapur ICD is regular phenomena on different roads.

Hundreds of buses of different inter-district routes, including Dhaka-Gazipur, Dhaka-Savar and Dhaka-Manikganj, are using the busy Fulbaria-Gulistan road for illegal parking.

According to a recent report published in different newspapers, illegal parking of vehicles occupy as much as 30 per cent of the city streets and naturally has been seriously hampering normal traffic flow.

Abu Saleh Mohammad Raihan, joint commissioner of the DMP’s traffic department, said indiscriminate road digging, footpath hawkers, parking of vehicles and construction work for metro-rail are also to be blamed for the growing traffic chaos.

“We’re trying our best to tackle the situation,” the police officer added.

Aktar Hossain, a roadside tea-stall owner in Malibagh area of the capital, said, “Every day hundreds of vehicles are parked indiscriminately on these busy roads.”

These parked vehicles hinder free movement of the traffic, causing untold sufferings for commuters, he said.

Besides, many government offices, government banks and even private ones located at Motijheel, Dilkusha, Purana Paltan, Arambagh, Kakrail park their vehicles in front of their offices blocking major portion of the busy roads. 

In such a situation, both Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) authorities have given attention to remove these unauthorised acts from the roads to get rid of the traffic snarl.

As part of the move, last week DSCC conducted a massive drive in Gulistan Zero Point area, Bangabandhu Avenue and near Ahad Police Box in the capital.

The drive was part of DSCC’s move to create pedestrian-friendly footpaths and roads for city dwellers, DSCC sources said.

The mobile court also realised Tk 70,000 in fines from nine individuals for constructing illegal structures on roads and footpaths.

Witnesses said hawkers set up makeshift shops in afternoon after DSCC officials left.

DSCC chief executive officer Farid Ahmed said their drives would continue and that they would evict hawkers from areas marked in red again.

“It is normal that hawkers will try to set up businesses again, but we will not allow anyone to sit in areas marked in red,” he added.

Speaking about the drive, DSCC estate officer and executive magistrate Md Muniruzzaman said the move was also taken to facilitate traffic movement in the Gulistan zero point area, Bangabandhu Avenue, Sergeant Ahad Police Box and Bangabhaban and Gulistan areas, which have been marked in red.

“Traffic movement in areas near Mayor Hanif Flyover increased after the inauguration of Padma Bridge. We took the eviction drive at the directives of Dhaka South City mayor to help the traffic flow in both directions of the flyover,” he said.

He also said they had been making announcements over the eviction drive for the past three days.

“We will not allow any hawkers in these areas, and no one will be allowed to establish illegal structures on roads and footpaths. Our drives will continue,” he added.

Recently, DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh has announced that no hawkers would be allowed to sit on the roads marked in red.

“Most important roads will be marked in red. We will not allow hawkers on roads or walkways marked in red,” he said.

On Saturday, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam said those who will hamper public movement by keeping construction materials on roads will face action.

"While searching for Aedes larvae, I found that building owners have kept construction materials including rods, cement, and sand open on the road and footpaths, which were blocking the drains and causing water logging on the streets. This practice must stop. Whether it's a government, semi-government, or private establishment, we'll take tough action against those who cause public sufferings," said the mayor.

Meanwhile, a DNCC team, led by Executive Magistrate Parsia Sultana, seized a huge amount of construction materials from the streets and sold them in an open auction at a price of Tk 18.45 lakh.