Make flyovers, footbridges safe

14 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Traffic congestion is a growing problem in Dhaka city. Besides wasting valuable time, its residents suffer from various ailments due to this problem. In an effort to decongest the streets, the authorities concerned have constructed a good number of flyovers and footbridges in the city. But, as per a report published on yesterday’s Daily Sun, certain flyovers are now unable to serve their purpose. People try to avoid the Moghbazar-Mouchak, Mohakhali and Kuril flyovers in particular after the sunset due to lack of visibility and surveillance.

As no street lights and CCTV cameras have been installed in the traffic infrastructures, many commuters avoid them at night in fear of untoward incidents. Under the cover of darkness, the flyovers turn risky zones for road crashes. Not only that, they have also become safe havens for criminals. According to a version of an official of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), the criminals hold a nylon cord horizontally on the flyover targeting the plying motorbikes. Their riders get stuck on the cord and fall off the bike. Taking advantage of darkness, the muggers comfortably snatch away the riders’ belongings, including their money and important documents. After arrest of some members of mugger gangs, they have confessed to police to have mugged many people in this manner.

However, similar situation prevails in the city footbridges. They remain dirty while hawkers, drug addicts and criminals roam around them. Because of the reason, lots of footbridges in different city neighbourhoods have remained abandoned. The authorities of the two city corporations, the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and other agencies who are responsible to look after the important traffic infrastructures should take urgent measures to mitigate the sufferings of the city residents. In a bid to keep the flyovers and footbridges safe, they should install lamps, surveillance cameras there without further delay. Alongside, they must drive out the criminals and anti-social elements to bring back the confidence of people so that they can move safely along the public spots.