Traffic congestion in Sylhet
Only a few years back, traffic congestion was rarely seen on the roads of Sylhet, but now it has become a regular phenomenon. The most traffic-clogged areas of the city are: Kean Bridge area, Zindabazar, Bondorbazar, Lamabazar, Mendibagh, Dargahgate, Amberkhana, Chouhatta, Mirabazar and Rikabibazar. The intolerable traffic congestion has now become a nightmare for the people as they can hardly reach their destinations on time. Illegal occupation of roads by small traders and vendors, lack of knowledge on traffic rules, narrow roads and encroachment of footpaths are the main reasons behind the traffic congestion. Sometimes people are compelled to walk on roads as makeshift shops put up by hawkers along the footpaths occupy a portion of walkways, which also contributes to traffic congestion. The authorities concerned should introduce innovative as well as pragmatic steps as soon as possible to solve this problem.
Shajidur Rahman Sujon
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology