A fortnight traffic programme was inaugurated on Tuesday to bring discipline on roads in the capital.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal inaugurated the two-week Traffic Discipline Programme at Gulistan Zero Point in the capital.“The DMP traffic department is working relentlessly to reach the goal of creating a jam-free city. If we all abide by traffic rules, traffic jams will be reduced,” he said.
“As a result of our various initiatives, both bikers and riders are now using helmets. This is a success of us,” he added.
“Last year, two students were killed due to the reckless driving of a bus driver. It’s extremely painful.”
After the incident, we launched a special traffic week at this zero point to overcome road disruption.”
Everyone should use footpaths while walking and drivers and pedestrians must not use mobile phones, Kamal said.
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia was present as special guest at the inaugural programme.Speaking on the occasion, he said, “A fortnight traffic discipline-2019 will be observed from today. Last year, DMP conducted a traffic discipline programme in three phases.”
Different government organisations, including BNCC, Bangladesh Red Crescent and Scouts, have worked to improve discipline on the roads, the commissioner said.
“The situation of some roads has improved, but people’s expectations were not fulfilled,” he added.
“We have identified 130 bus stoppages in the capital. Besides, renovation work of footpath and footbridges is in progress.”
“Many major development works are going on in Dhaka city. Due to the development work, some roads have become narrow, resulting in traffic jams. In this case, we are working day and night to reduce traffic jams,” the commissioner said.
Asaduzzaman also said the home minister and the road transport and bridges minister are formulating a policy to control a large number of vehicles plying for app-based services like Uber and Pathao.
“There are infrastructure problems in our country, but people, who aren’t abide by traffic rules, is mostly responsible for the mismanagement in the traffic system,” he added.
Several hundred members of Bangladesh Red Crescent, Rover Scout, Bangladesh National Cadet Corps and Bangladesh Girl Guides will also work alongside police to bring discipline in traffic.
After the inauguration of the traffic programme, leaflets on traffic awareness were distributed among passengers and drivers.
The DMP has taken various initiatives to make the traffic programme a success.
The programmes include distribution of leaflets, placards, festoons and guidebooks and deployment of traffic police and volunteers during the start and closing times of schools and colleges on main roads, special traffic drives against hydraulic horns, reckless driving, movement on wrong sides and making mandatory the wearing of helmets for bikers.
They have also taken steps to install Zebra crossings and road markings, continuing of mobile courts and traffic raids, check-post activities in the city, encourage people to use footbridges and measures to keep car doors locked while driving, measures against stopping vehicles without designated stoppages and increasing number of video cases.