This refers to Mr. Rahat's letter published on your daily on 15 March 2010 with the headline: Take rickshaws off. To be quite honest, I agree with most of his points. He elaborately discussed how to minimize the traffic jams in Dhaka city. However, I believe that he was a bit rude towards the rickshaw-pullers. In his 11th point he stated as I quote: "The immediate step: Take rickshaws off the main roads. Do it now." I believe he was a bit carried away with his feelings. Taking rickshaws off is not the main thing. I think we always divert from the main issues. It is the large number of people in Dhaka city who are the real culprits. Population of the capital should be reduced and for doing this, our government should take initiatives for forming a decentralized government. As long as Dhaka is centralized, population will keep on growing. Rickshaws were there on Dhaka roads from the beginning. There was hardly any traffic jam even 10 years ago. And now, even in Uttara, it takes 30 minutes to go to Jasimuddin Road from Sector 9.
Rather than taking rickshaws off from roads, we should think BIG to minimize the traffic problem once and for all.