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Nat’l Road Safety Day Observed

Discipline on roads must be restored: Quader

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said that all development of the government would go in vain if discipline on roads is not restored.

“Now, the most important thing is to restore discipline in transportations and roads. If we fail to restore discipline, all our development will go in vain. So our challenge is to bring order on the roads,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, made the comment while addressing a discussion titled ‘Let us abide by speed limit, prevent road accident’ at Sarak Bhaban’s auditorium at Tejgaon industrial areas in the capital on Friday. Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA)o raganised the event in observance of the National Road Safety Day-2021.

In his speech, Obaidul Quader acknowledged that there are lack of discipline in transportation and roads and highways.

“So many roads, flyovers, underpasses, border roads and marine drives have been constructed in the country but why can’t we bring order on the roads,” he questioned.

“It is not a matter of once a year (October 22) issue rather round the year, it is not only the responsibility to put up beautiful banners, posters and placards for one day,” he also said.

Talking over issuing licenses by BRTA, Quader said issuing of driving licenses have been stuck for a long time.

“Thousands of applications have been piled up in BRTA. It is necessary to clear the tangled situation even if you have to work on holidays,” he said, adding that such tangled situation would not reoccur.

Regarding the irregularities and corruption in the BRTA, Quader said that those who commit misdeeds and corruption should be brought to justice.

Secretary of roads and highways division M Nazrul Islam presided over the meeting.

Additional inspector general of highway police Mallick Faqrul Islam, Nirapad Sarak Chai chairman Ilias Kanchan and BRTA chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder, among others, spoke in the programme.

Meanwhile, BRTA, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation, campaigners of different road safety organisations also organised elaborate programmes on the day.