Commuters’ sufferings mounted high as BNP’s protest rally caused severe traffic jams in almost all parts of the capital on Thursday.
The embattled party staged the street protest in front of its Nayapaltan central office at noon against the exorbitant hikes in the prices of oil and other necessary commodities.
Hundreds of vehicles, mostly passenger buses, private cars, motorbikes and slow-moving rickshaws, remained stuck for hours on different busy roads and thoroughfares, including Motijheel, Purana Paltan, Malibagh, Moughbazar and Karwan Bazar.
Hossain Ali, a resident of Gopibagh in the capital, left for Karwan Bazar by motorcycle at 11:30am. At 1:30pm, he reached there.
Due to BNP’s protest rally, huge traffic congestions were created in and around Nayapaltan area, he added.
There were severe traffic jams. All in all, it took over two hours to reach Karwan Bazar area. Normally, it takes half an hour.
Not only Nayapaltan area but also other places of the capital witnessed huge traffic gridlock since Thursday morning.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Traffic Uttara Division has requested passengers going to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital to start their journey with extra time.
According to DMP, due to the ongoing work of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the road leading to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital saw a heavy traffic.
Vehicles moving on that road are stuck for a long time. People are not able to reach their destination on time. In this situation, the traffic department of DMP requested the passengers going to the airport to take extra time.
The request was made on Wednesday (August 10). DMP Joint Commissioner (Traffic North) Abu Saleh. Raihan said, "For the ongoing BRT project in the airport area, three lanes of the route are closed for traffic. Due to this, severe traffic jams are often created on the roads going to Uttara and Gazipur.
Passengers going to Uttara, Tongi and Gazipur have to be stuck on the road. Especially if the passengers going abroad do not reach the airport at the specified time, there is a risk of missing the flight.
After crossing La Meridien Hotel and Kawla, traffic department officials requested the airport-bound passengers to use the left lane.