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12:00 AM, August 13, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:03 AM, August 13, 2017

Focus on rail, water ways to reduce pressure on roads

Poba roundtable told

Green activists yesterday urged the government to develop railway and waterway communications in order to reduce traffic on roads in Dhaka and thus to minimise hassle.

They recommended setting up new rail tracks, establishing an integrated waterway network with other districts around Dhaka, and taking strict measures for proper implementation of the projects in road transport sector.

The recommendations were made at a roundtable on transport projects and people's sufferings organised by Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) at its office in the capital.

For road transport, they suggested that the government stop illegal parking, control the number of private cars, and ensure adequate walking facility, and introduce separate lanes for cycles and buses.

They said the government spends hundreds of crores of taka on different projects like building flyover to improve the city's road transportation system, but such projects could not bring any benefits to the commuters.

The projects could not be implemented properly due to inappropriate planning, mismanagement, and a lack of transparency and monitoring. The issues also delay the projects, increasing costs, they observed.

Poba President Abu Naser Khan said although the country is moving towards development, traffic jam still causes immense sufferings to the commuters.

Dr Lenin Chowdhury, joint general secretary of Poba, said because of traffic jam people not only suffer financially but also physically and mentally.

Abdus Sobhan, general secretary of Poba, said the government mostly focuses on road transport than on railway and waterway communication, which created such crises.

The city commuters will be benefited if there is development of transport in all the three ways equally, he said.

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