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Waterlogging on Airport-Tongi Road

Public sufferings know no bounds

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 3 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Public sufferings know no bounds
Thousands of vehicles get stuck in a tailback on the road from Banani to the airport in the capital, causing immense sufferings for the commuters. The photo was taken on Sunday. – SUN PH0TO

A heavy rain triggered waterlogging on Dhaka Airport-Tongi Road on Sunday which intensified traffic jams and sufferings of commuters.

Most portions of the busy road and many low-lying areas of the capital were submerged by heavy rain in the early morning.

The waterlogging hindered traffic, intensifying traffic congestion on the road. Hundreds of vehicles and commuters got stuck in the traffic snarls.

As Sunday is the first working day of a week, people rush to work since morning. But it had been raining in most parts of the capital since the morning.

As a result, there was waterlogging in many low-lying areas, including the airport road in Uttara.

Due to this waterlogging, severe traffic jams took place in Uttara area of the capital.

Traffic on the airport and its surrounding roads came to a standstill, causing suffering of the commuters.

The Traffic North Department of the Police took the initiative to remove the water from the airport road by using shallow machines.

From Banani of the capital to the airport area, people were facing great sufferings.

In the morning, the bus stand near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport went under almost knee-deep rainwater.

From morning to noon, many were stuck in traffic jams from Banani to the airport area for about four hours.

Witnesses said that the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway witnessed severe traffic congestion from Boardbazar in Gazipur to the airport in capital Dhaka and from Banani of the capital to Cherag Ali in Tongi.

At the entrance to Dhaka, there was traffic congestion from Abdullahpur to the airport. Many passengers who got stuck in the traffic snarls took to Facebook to share their ordeal.

Talking to officials of the Dhaka Metropolitan Uttara Traffic Police it was known that the highway has turned very narrow due to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in the airport area.

Meanwhile, the rainwater accumulated on the road. Due to the accumulation of water, the drivers cannot perceive the ditches and potholes. In this situation, gridlock was created on both sides of the road.   Traffic Uttara Division Deputy Police Commissioner Nabid Kamal said water was removed from the road through irrigation. Now vehicles are running.

A commuter, Amir Hossain, expressed his anger on Facebook, saying that he reached the airport in four hours from Baridhara in the capital.