Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia yesterday said circular bus services will be introduced within April in Motijheel, Dhanmondi and Uttara areas, to ease the city's traffic situation.
He made the promise while inaugurating DMP's traffic week at the Saarc Fountain in the capital's Karwan Bazar area yesterday morning, UNB reports.
The traffic week will continue till March 23.
The DMP chief said he has already talked to the mayors of Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation to this end. “With their cooperation, bus services will be run by six companies. The process has already started.”
Mentioning that work on mass rapid transit (MRT), bus rapid transit (BRT) and elevated expressway is underway, which will be completed within two years, he said the entire traffic scenario will change once those are opened.
Asaduzzaman Mia said an awareness programme will be carried out extensively so that people use footbridges, underpasses and zebra crossings to reduce the number of accidents.
He also said the DMP Traffic Division is working in coordination with the two city corporations, Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA), Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) to ease the traffic situation and bring back discipline on roads in the city.
“If anyone breaks traffic rules and causes difficulties for the public, then stern action will be taken against them regardless of their status in society,” said Asaduzzaman.
The city police boss requested all including politicians, high profile businesspersons, bureaucrats, lawyers and other elites of society to maintain traffic rules to bring discipline in the streets, reports our staff correspondent.
Besides, the commissioner requested everyone including drivers to maintain traffic rules and warned them against using mobile phones while driving.
The DMP commissioner also urged vehicle owners to ensure all the paperwork of their vehicles were up-to-date.
DMP has announced of holding a traffic week every month, as part of its efforts to improve the city's traffic management.