‘Low-speed vehicles on city roads to be banned’

Staff Correspondent

20 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said government is planning to ban movement of illegal and low-speed vehicles on roads in Dhaka within two months.

“The government wants to ban illegal and low-speed vehicles including battery-run and CNG-run vehicles plying on Dhaka roads within two months,” he said.

Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said this while addressing 12th board meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority at Dhaka South City Corporation office at Nagarbhaban in the capital on Wednesday.

The minister also announced that a committee has been formed to oversee the activities of banning slow-speed vehicles on Dhaka roads. DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon has been made main coordinator of the committee.

“The committee will work to stop such vehicles plying on roads in Dhaka. It will also stop slow-speed vehicles to enter Dhaka from nearby districts,” he said.

Terming the initiative as effective, the minister said, “We only make the decision but it is not implemented. I want to implement the plan within two months.”

The minister also said apart from it

The committee will work to free footpath from hawkers. It will conduct drive to evict occupants from footpath, he said.

The minister hinted that he will convene follow-up meeting after two months.

The committee will also work to stop illegal parking in the Dhaka metropolitan area, Quader said.

 “It cannot be expected that all problems will be solved within two months. However, efforts can be made to this effect,” he said.

The minister also said, “Traffic signaling system has to be more effective. Police have been instructed to implement the traffic automation system.”

Quader also urged all to play effective role in minimizing traffic congestion in the Dhaka metropolitan city.

DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon, Mayor of Gazipur City Corporation Jahangir Alam and Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, lawmaker of Naryanganj Nazrul Islam Babu, among others, were present in the meeting.