Neither passengers stand nor buses stop at stoppages
Published : Sunday, 3 February, 2019 at 7:27 PM Count : 2063
Newly-built passenger shelters could not bring traffic discipline at the bus stoppages in the capital city because of law-defiance of bus drivers’ and callousness of passengers.
A total of 130 passenger shelters were built at the initiative of the Prime Minister's Office after the recent movement of students demanding safe roads. Of them, 70 passenger shades were built in Dhaka South and 60 in North City areas as per the demand of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
City planners blamed lack of co-ordination among bus drivers, passengers, DMP and the City Corporation officials for the anomaly. On the other hand, police said it would take some time for the city dwellers who are indifferent to abide by the rule.
The passenger shelters were built under Clean Air and Sustainable Environment (CASE) project of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and 'Mega Project on Infrastructure Development' of the Dhaka South City Corporation.
According to the design of the shades, a number of passengers can take shelter under the shades and do not have to stand hither and thither in the scorching sun or rains. Advanced sidewalks, pure drinking water, WiFi, tea-stall and mobile phone charging arrangements also are supposed to be provided at the shelters like the developed countries.
But during a visit at some spots, none of the advantages was found available at passenger shades. City Corporation completed construction of the shades without special facilities. There are neither security measures nor sufficient light.
Passenger shades have been built at Malibagh Railgate, Ansar Camp, Khilgaon Railgate, Basabo, Mugda, Maniknagar, Sayedabad bus stoppages within a short distances. There are signs 'Bus Stop' in Bengali and English sporting with yellow color on 100 yards road stretch in front of every shade. But no bus stops there.
Rickshaw, motorcycles have occupied the bus stoppages, and at some places private cars were seen parked.
Helal Uddin, a bus driver, said bus stop shelters have been built far from the intersections, so, passengers do not stand at the bus stoppages, rather at they stand the intersections as usual. “We are bound to take passengers from the road as they are not available at the bus stoppages.”
On the other hand, passengers alleged the buses do not stop at bus stoppages. “We can’t get on the bus if we don’t stand at the intersection. We are bound to get into the bus with risk on the roads.”
Rajib Khadem, Executive Engineer of Traffic Engineering Department of DSCC, said, “We have built the bus top shelters under two projects. The passenger shelters are passenger-friendly and spectacular. There are bus stoppages in front of the passenger shelters. Buses would stop there and passengers would get on the bus from the shelters.
Clean Air and Sustainable Environment (CASE) project director and chief executive of Dhaka South City Corporation, Sirajul Islam, said, “We constructed some of passenger shelters in Dhaka under CASE project. Passengers have started using the shelters, meanwhile."
Urban planner Iqbal Habib said, “The bus stoppages and passenger shelters have been built to improve passenger services, to reduce traffic congestion and to prevent accidents. But there is no improvement due to the lack of coordination. Passengers, bus drivers, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and City Corporations were involved in this project. But they have no coordination.
DC (DMP south) S M Murad Ali said, “Buses stop at some stoppages, but not all the stoppages. City dwellers would take some time to be used to the rules. Long practiced culture hoped to improve gradually.”
“We had discussions with bus owners and workers for stopping buses at the stoppages. Legal measures are being taken against drivers, who stop buses at other places,” he added.