Retarded traffic costs nation immensely | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 29, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 29, 2012

Retarded traffic costs nation immensely

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On 15th June, I travelled from Dhaka to Rangpur by bus and it took 9 hours. Again I came back to Dhaka from Gaibandha by bus and it took 8 hours. In both cases, it took 50% extra time. I failed to understand the reasons of this delay. Inefficiency of the people responsible for traffic management, lack of knowledge about traffic rules, unauthorised occupation of the road etc could be the reasons. But who is to blame? We all are to be blamed. Our combined civic sense can lessen the problem to a great extent. But it can not happen unless the law enforcing authorities lay a responsible role and act accordingly.
We often say that in ten years' time our beloved motherland will be a middle income country. But every day we are losing millions of working hours and millions of litres of hugely subsidised gasoline, stranded in traffic jam.
In simple mathematics, if we can prevent this colossal waste of manpower and fuel, we can build a four-lane Chittagong- Dhaka highway, a railway bridge alongside Bangabandhu bridge and also a railway bridge connecting Bahadurabad-Phulchhari/Balshi in near future. If we fail to do so, to be a middle income country will remain a distant dream.

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