CHATTOGRAM: An executive magistrate of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), Chattogram alleged that police have been doing business on roads.
The Magistrate SM Manjurul Hoque came up with the allegation at a seminar on ‘Road Safety and Increasing Public Awareness’ organised by the BRTA at LGED Bhaban in the city’s Sholoshahar area on Thursday.The magistrate in his speech alleged that cases are filed in the name of wrong-parking despite having legal documents of vehicles.
He said though traffic police realise Tk 2,000 from transport workers as penalty, they write Tk 200 on receipt.
Magistrate Manjurul said discipline won’t return to the roads if irregularities by police are not stopped.
Regarding the driving license, the magistrate urged owners of transports not to give vehicles to the persons who don’t have any valid driving license. Safe road will
not be ensured if unlicensed drivers rule the streets without fulfilling minimum requirements, he observed.
He said they placed some recommendations before Chattogram City Corporation (CCCC) Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin and Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Abdus Salam to bring back discipline on the city roads a few months back.Though the CCC mayor extended his support in marking zebra crossing in some important areas in the city, the CDA is yet to develop footbridges, the BRTA magistrate said.
Manjurul also said pedestrians are compelled to walk through the main roads risking their lives as lion portions of footpaths remain occupied.
On the other hand, Additional Superintendent of Police (Hathazari Circle) Abduallh Al Masum claimed that the allegations brought against traffic police were not true entirely.
He, however, laid emphasis on coordinated efforts to bring back discipline on the roads.
Chattogram district Additional Magistrate Md Mashhudul Kabir, BRTA Chattogram Deputy Director Mohammad Shahidullah, Executive Magistrate Ziaul Hoque Mir, Assistant Director Usman Sarwar Alam, Chattogram Jilla Sarak Paribahan Malik Group President Manjurul Alam Manju, Metropolitan Paribahan Malik Group Secretary General Belayet Hossain Belal and Chattogram Press Club General Secretary Chowdhury Farid were present at the seminar among others.