Dhaka sees relaxed lockdown on 7th day

Staff Correspondent

21 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The capital witnessed a lax lockdown as all moods of vehicles excepting passenger buses plied different streets on Tuesday, the seventh day of the countrywide lockdown.

Despite an alarming spike in Covid-19 deaths, people and vehicles in huge number rushed towards streets and kitchen markets.

Hundreds of private cars, covered-vans, CNG-run auto-rickshaws and motorbikes were seen plying different roads.

Long lines of rickshaws and private vehicles were seen at 11:30am in front of the police checkpoint at the Nightingale Restaurant intersection in Kakrail.

Police were checking each vehicle for ‘movement passes’. Those who did not have passes were fined and sent away. Several rickshaws were also overturned at the intersection.

Law enforcers, including police and RAB personnel, were also seen performing their duties at different parts of the capital on Tuesday noon.           

No public transport was available on the roads but the number of private vehicles, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws was higher than the previous days as garment factories, banks and organisations providing emergency services resumed operations on Tuesday.

A senior official of Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Uttara Traffic Division said that vehicular movement increased because of office-goers on Tuesday.

Although government and private offices have been asked to remain closed during the ‘strict lockdown’, factories and emergency services, including banks, are operating.

On some roads in Dhaka city, including Mirpur Road and Kakrail, all sorts of vehicles except public transport were seen.

At some points, vehicles stalled for a while because of heavy traffic while in other places, traffic police were seen manually controlling vehicular movement. The number of rickshaws on roads was higher on Tuesday than the last few days.

The government issued a transportation ban and ordered a shutdown of all offices, including shopping malls, market and restaurants, on Wednesday to curb the coronavirus infections.