“Flawed management caused traffic jam during Eid, not roads”
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today (July 12, 2022) blamed the traffic gridlock on highways ahead of Eid-ul-Azha on the "flawed management and lack of coordination", not condition of the roads.
He was talking to reporters at the Secretariat as offices reopened today after Eid holidays.
Quader claimed that the state of roads across the country was better this time.
"There were no tailbacks this year. Though some reports of gridlocks were received, that happened due to flawed traffic management and lack of coordination. This was seen in northern parts of the country," Quader said.
He said the pre-Eid opening of Padma Bridge made travel to the southern region smooth.
He defended the restrictions on motorbikes on the highways, saying it was necessary to prevent accidents.
The minister hoped that the Dhaka Metro Rail will be launched by the end of December this year and the Dhaka Elevated Expressway by the end of next year.