Resolving Dhaka's congestion
We are hardly surprised by a new estimation by Accident Research Institute (ARI) of BUET that Dhaka's traffic congestion eats up around 5 million working hours and causes an annual loss of Tk 20,000-55,000 crore. This paints a pathetic picture of the capital's overall traffic situation.
The experts at ARI believe 60 percent of the financial losses incurred due to congestion can be saved by ending mismanagement of the city's traffic system and that maximum utilisation of the existing infrastructure will improve the city's gridlock substantially. These should be dovetailed and coordinated with the large infrastructural projects.
Dhaka's severe congestion needs sensible solutions, which requires the government to pay heed to the experts. The Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover should serve as a reminder that big projects could wreak havoc if they are not thoroughly thought out beforehand.
By wasting millions of working hours of the city dwellers, the congestion costs us a big chunk of the country's GDP. Reducing traffic jam, therefore, should be the government's topmost priority. There is scope for improvement within the existing system as far as the city's traffic management is concerned.
To start with, maximum use of the existing roads and public buses, a strict traffic apparatus, and places for buses to take and let off passengers, etc, should be ensured. It would not only reduce waste of public money but also provide quick relief to the city dwellers. Otherwise, whatever development that has been achieved will be nullified.