Friday, 19 August, 2022

Keep cattle markets away from highways: Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday urged the authorities concerned not to block highways by enlarging makeshift cattle markets.  

“Don’t spread cattle markets to the highways for the sake of smooth vehicular movement so that no traffic jam is created,” he said.

Quader, also the general secretary of Awami League, made the statement while addressing a press briefing from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.  

The minister also called upon the authorities concerned to stop operating trucks and covered vans for a particular time except for emergency and export goods.

Mentioning that millions of people are going to their village homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, Quader said many people of the south-western parts of the country have joined the Eid journey due to the opening of the long-cherished Padma Bridge.

Urging drivers to drive carefully to keep the Eid journey safe and uninterrupted, he said all will have to travel through the highways safely to avoid unintended accidents.

“The biggest challenge of this year’s Eid journey is the growing infection rate of Covid-19. A little indifference to and negligence in maintaining hygiene can lead to catastrophe. Therefore, it is important to wear face masks and exercise extreme caution during transportation, Eid holidays and on return journeys,” he said.

“Slightest negligence can cause immense damage to the whole family, so everyone should be careful about health guidelines, including wearing face masks,” he added.

Mentioning that traffic jam is created on the highways, because cattle-laden vehicles move slowly, the minister also called upon the highway police, district police, district administration, transport owners and workers to intensify their efforts to ensure the smooth Eid journey.