Political rallies in Dhaka: People suffer due to gridlocks on holiday
Dhaka city residents experienced significant hardships today as two major political parties held rallies in the metropolis on the public holiday.
Bangladesh Chhatra League organised a rally to commemorate National Mourning Day, while BNP's processions were held marking the party's 45th founding anniversary.
The events, which attracted VIPs and numerous leaders and activists from various parts of Dhaka and the country, led to the closure of some major roads. This situation placed additional stress on the surrounding alternative roads and bypasses.
BCL's rally at Suhrawardy Udyan commenced at 3:00pm, with the Prime Minister attending as chief guest. Parallelly, BNP's programmes, including a rally, started around the same time.
The rally started from the party's central office in Nayapaltan, encompassing Fakirapul Intersection, Notre Dame College, Shapla Chattar, and Ittefaq Intersection, finally culminating in Tikatuli's Rajdhani Market. The march resulted in massive gridlocks and long tailbacks along these routes.
Additionally, vehicular movement was completely suspended from Matsya Bhaban Intersection to Shahbagh, as processions, led by BCL leaders and activists, crowded the road.
DMP's traffic division closed 11 access points around the Suhrawardy Udyan area, resulting in severe traffic congestion on nearby alternative routes.
By late afternoon, the congestion affected several key roads in the capital, notably the stretch from Dhanmondi 32 to Kalabagan, New Market, Azimpur; and Jatrabari to Gulistan and Paltan.
Drivers were left stranded for extended periods while frustration mounted among commuters, a significant portion of whom restored to walking. Many others had to wait hours on the streets as they failed to access any form of transportation to reach their destinations.
Pedestrians were also not spared, as they had to navigate through crowded streets. inconvenienced as they navigated crowded streets.
"Headed towards Farmgate from Jatrabari, I had to walk the entire distance. Having to undergo such distress on a public holiday is disappointing," said Aminur Rashid, a Jatrabari resident.
Sirajul Islam, a Dhaka University student who had to reach Green Road area for tuition, shared a similar experience.
"Despite knowing of the situation, I had to make it to the area as my student's exam is approaching," said Sirajul who covered the entire distance on foot.
Sohel Rana, additional deputy commissioner of Ramna traffic zone, said, "Generally, there isn't much traffic on the roads during a holiday. However, some traffic congestion occurred around the rally areas. Traffic conditions on other roads remained normal."