Monday, 28 November, 2022

Dhaka office-goers stuck in gridlock, traffic jam from Khilkhet to Abdullahpur

Office-goers in Dhaka this morning are suffering the aftermath of Cyclone Sitrang as they remain stuck in gridlock. Several places — from Khilkhet to Abdullahpur remained waterlogged and the ongoing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project work only added to the commute woes.

Buses and private vehicles remained stuck in a long tailback from Hotel Le Meridien to Dhaka Airport road area as movement was very slow from Abdullahpur area due to BRT project work.

Meanwhile, the road in front of Bangladesh Navy Headquarters remained waterlogged — creating another tailback for commuters heading towards Banani from Khilkhet area through the flyover.

Landing of Kuril flyover towards Radisson Blu Hotel remained waterlogged and contributed to the tailback towards Banani.

Abu Rayhan Md Saleh, Joint Commissioner for Traffic (Dhaka north) of DMP, told UNB that the road in front of Navy headquarters and several other spots remained waterlogged due to yesterday’s incessant rain.

“People are facing tailbacks from Uttara to Mohakhali this morning. But the traffic movement remained smooth in Mirpur area,” he added.

Cyclone Sitrang crossed the Barishal-Chattogram coast near Bhola on Monday midnight and weakened rapidly into a depression by giving precipitation.

Sitrang now lies over Dhaka-Cumilla-Brahmanbaria and adjoining areas as a land depression, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

As Sitrang started lashing the country’s coastal areas, nearly all of Bangladesh suffered under inclement weather with uprooted trees or falling branches killing people and disconnecting power transmission lines, and incessant rainfall causing waterlogging in urban areas.

Most parts of the country, including Dhaka, witnessed moderate to heavy rains throughout Monday under the impact of the cyclonic storm.

Many areas in capital Dhaka and neighbouring Narayanganj plunged into darkness, following a huge disruption in power supply that authorities blamed on Cyclone Sitrang.