Communications Minister Obaidul Quader (fourth from left) at a programme on road safety at The Daily Star newspaper office in Dhaka today . Photo: Star
Communications Minister Obaidul Quader today said he had to face "many limitations" while dealing with the roads and communications system.
He however said he did not want talk about his limitations since he is a minister of a political government.
The politics for vote is one of the main challenges in developing the country’s communications sector, Quader said while speaking at a programme on road safety at The Daily Star newspaper office in Dhaka.
The Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and Brac jointly organised the programme to publish the findings and recommendations of a research titled 'Road safety in Bangladesh: Realities and Challenges'.
Although all the roads and highways are not in a "neat and clean" condition, those are more or less in good shape, he claimed.
"The Dhaka-Aricha highway can be considered as a model of safe highway," Quader said, pointing out that all 11 "black spots" of the highway, where accidents take place frequently, have been repaired.
Of the total 21,000-km main national highways, accidents are concentrated in 57 kilometres, according to the PPRC-Brac study.
The Roads and Highways Department has so far established a list of 208 black spots on different roads and highways.
Official statistics show that 3,132 people died in 2011 and 2012.
The study put forward 10 recommendations, which include promotion of quality driving training schools, establishment of a National Traffic Training Academy and improving trauma facilities with priority attention to capacity building on emergency and critical care.