Short-term management needed to resolve traffic jam
Architect Nazrul Islam speaks to DOT :
The investment budget for road management in Dhaka metropolis was very heavy, which had lots of limitations by the planners.
The projects to reduce traffic congestion during peak hours unfortunately did not click results.
The government had footed Taka 43 thousand crore in ten years in road and traffic management projects, which was a national waste, he remarked.
Take the example of the flyovers, he said, the Maghbazar flyover was built at an inflated cost due to faulty design, which did not yield desired expectation. Now the traffic jam also occurs on the flyovers in the capital.
He lamented that lack of coordination among various organizations responsible for road traffic and mass public transportation management. The traffic management did not improve.
The strength of traffic police personals is inadequate. Moreover they lack skills and knowledge of traffic system.
Within a short period the traffic jam could be resolved if the government is serious to improve the traffic with a reasonable budget.
The Greater Dhaka Sustainable Urban Transport projects will significantly improve traffic. If these projects are implemented, it would complement in resolving the traffic congestion.
With the implementation of the projects, a modern the traffic management will surely change the scenario of streets of Dhaka in another five years.
Architect Nazrul Islam, Secretary, Road Transport and Highways Division .
Interviewed by Leuna Haque