DSCC pursuing multilateral measures to ease Dhaka's traffic jam: Taposh
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has undertaken a set of measures including revival of naval routes, construction of new roads and modernisation of existing traffic system in coordination with the government's multilateral approach to ease the city's acute traffic congestion.
The city corporation authority is also focusing on developing the existing roads, widening 53 intersections, registering non-mechanical vehicles, rationalising bus routes, ensuring adequate places for parking and removing illegal occupants of roads to make city traffic system smooth.
"We have taken various measures in coordination with the government and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) to reduce the nagging traffic jam of the capital," DSCC Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh told BSS in an interview at his Nagar Bhaban office.
The mayor said he along with the DNCC mayor and the concerned ministries have also taken an initiative to establish four inter-district bus terminals at Dhaka's entry points.
"We have taken initiative to set up four bus terminals at Batulia of Birulia, Hemayetpur of Savar, Tegharia of Kamrangirchar and Kanchpur of Sonargaon under Bus Route Rationalidation (BRR) programme," he said. Once the terminals are built, no-inter-district buses will be allowed to enter the capital city, which will help reduce traffic jam significantly, he added.
Barrister Taposh said they have also initiated to construct a six-lane road from Kalunagar to Postogola Bridge and a process is underway to appoint a consultancy firm to this end.
The mayor said measures were taken to develop 53 intersections by widening their left lanes and modernising the existing traffic system, adding, "We are implementing the Internet of Things (IOT) traffic system."
Barrister Taposh said that they have a plan to construct a four-lane road beside the canals and rivers of the new 18 wards after conducting necessary feasibility study.
The mayor said they will widen the footpaths to make those suitable to walk to inspire people walking to short distance destinations.
He said they have taken a project of Tk 5 crore to give facelift of the places under three flyovers after removing all the illegal occupants.
"Illegal occupation of the places under the flyovers has also contributed to the city's traffic jam. We will remove the illegal occupants by any means," he added.
As many as seven lakh of non-mechanical vehicles such as rickshaws, vans and carts have been plying the city roads alongside the mechanical vehicles which have greatly contributed to the city's nagging traffic jams, he added.
"We have drawn up an initiative to get the non-mechanical vehicles registered and their licenses renewed after 34 years. So far, 1.56 lakh non-motorised vehicles have already been registered and given digital number plates," he said.
No non-motorised vehicles having digital number plates will be allowed to ply the city routes, he said, adding that they will start working to implement the ban on plying of converted non-mechanical vehicles under the jurisdiction of the city corporation.
The mayor said that they are trying to ensure adequate parking places for vehicles.
"Mechanical and non-mechanical vehicles have been kept on our main city roads in a scattered way. We have taken an initiative to fix specific places for separate parking of those vehicles and none will be allowed to park their vehicles at undesignated places," he said.
The mayor said that they are reviewing the revised strategic plan taken by the DSCC to reshuffle the overall road management.
Under the management, he said that some roads will be fixed for only walking, some others for plying vehicles by making roads one-way and two-way while separate lanes will be fixed for different modes of mechanical and non- mechanical vehicles, he continued.
Taposh said that an initiative has been taken to make bus route rationalisation (BRR) to bring discipline in the mass transport system.
"We are going to introduce the BRR system on Ghatarchar to Kanchpur route with 120 buses on experimental basis from December 1 next," he said.
He added that after the successful test run of the BRR system, buses under 22 companies in nine clusters on 42 routes would ply.