Shaheen Khandaker of DOT
There are foot overbridges and zebra crossings for the pedestrians in different strategic points of Dhaka city. However, the pedestrians are not conscious about the use of the foot overbridge and zebra crossing. Fahad, a student of Dhaka City College said that he does not always use foot overbridge to save time.
There are laws for jaywalking in our country but they are hardly enforced. The pedestrians do not feel encouraged to use foot overbridge and zebra crossing. A little consciousness can save us from an accident. Although the foot overbridges are installed for the pedestrians. The reality is different.
Instead of using zebra crossing and foot overbridge, the pedestrians are seen to cross road by signaling to the oncoming vehicles.
The foot overbridges of New Market, Motijheel, Shahbag, Airport and Farmgate are occupied by the vendors and vagabonds.
Milon, a vendor on the foot overbridge of Farmgate said: “I have been compelled to run his business to earn his living. The police allow us to use foot overbridge in exchange of money.”