Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has issued a traffic and car parking management plan ahead of the 54th Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after the holy hajj.
The congregation will be held in two phases from February 15-16 and February 17-8 on bank of the river Turag amid tight security.
Police have taken special measures ahead of the Biswa Ijtema to ease the traffic system. The measure will come into effect from the first days of the two phases’ congregation.
Car parking instructions
Police declared no-parking zone on the roads and its nearby areas from Rainbow intersection-Abdullahpr-Dhaur bridge and Rampur bridge to Pragati Sarani.
Fixed parking zones
DMP fixed some points for parking of vehicles for the Muslim devotees who will attend the Ijtema. The drivers and helpers of the parked vehicles must stay with their vehicles.
Dhaka metropolitan: Shahjalal Avenue of Uttara, Nikunja-1 and Nikunja-2 and open spaces in these areas
Dhaka division: From Sonargaon Janapath intersection to Diabari canal
Chittagong division: Gausul Azam Avenue (from east end through west and to Garib Newaz Road of Sector 13 of Uttara)
Sylhet division: From the canal bank of Uttara 15 to Diabari roundabout
Khulna division: Open spaces (including main roads) in Sector 17 and 18 of Uttara
Rangpur, Rajshahi and Mymensingh divisions: Pratyasha Housing
Barishal division: BIWTA Landing Station adjacent to Dhaur bridge crossing in Ashulia
Parking for Dhaka Metropolitan area: Open spaces in North Shahjalal avenue, Nikunja-1 and Nikunja-2
While parking the vehicles of the devotees the drivers/helpers must stay inside the vehicles. The owners and drivers must have the contact numbers of each other so that they can be reached in case of special needs.
Diversion points for Feb 16 and Feb 18, days of Akheri Munajat (concluding prayer)
Mohakhali intersection, Hotel Radisson gap, Pragati Sarani, Kuril flyover loop-2, Dhaur bridge and Entrance passage of Sector 18 of Uttara near Beribadh road.
Instructions for driving while diversion enforced
Vehicles heading to Abdullahpur from Ashulia will have to take Mirpur-Beribadh road after taking the right turn at intersection near Dhaur bridge, the DMP said on its news website today.
On February 16 and 18, all vehicles except those carrying passengers and crews of aircrafts, law enforcers and fire fighters and ambulances, to take alternate routes -- Mohakhali-Bijoy Sarani-Gabtoli -- avoiding Airport Road, the DMP said.
All inter-district vehicles including busses, trucks of Mohakhali bus terminal for Abdullahpur will ply Bijoy Sarani-Gabtoli road taking the left turn from Mohakhali intersection.
DMP also advised vehicles to use the “Hotel Radisson Gap” or take the u-turn on Kuril Bishwa Road or the flyover to go Pragati Sarani instead of heading towards Airport Road.
Private cars, microbuses, CNG-run auto-rickshaws heading to Uttara from Kakali, Mirpur have been advised use alternative routes as a diversion will be enforced in front of the fate of Nikunja-1.
There will be another diversion at the loop-2 under Kuril flyover so Abdullahpur-bound vehicles coming from Pragati Sarani have also been advised to take alternative routes.
Two minibuses and two microbuses will transport passengers travelling abroad or coming in from overseas countries free of cost from 4:00am on Feb 16-18. The vehicles can be availed at the gate No. 1 of Nikunja Residential area.
For any queries on traffic management, commuters have been asked to contact Senior Assistant Police Commissioner (Uttara Traffic Zone) at 01713398498/ TI (Uttara Traffic Zone) 01912025939.