Shahjahan Khan leads govt body to restore order on roads
The Committee to submit report within 14 days : Quader
Published : Monday, 18 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 701
The government, on Sunday, formed a 15-member committee led by former Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan to restore discipline in the transport sector of the country and curb road accidents. The decision was taken at the meeting of National Road Safety Council held at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) office in the capital. Council chief and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader chaired the meeting.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujon, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, chairmen of BRTA and BRTC and leaders of transport workers and social bodies working in this sector were present at the meeting.
After the meeting, Obaidul Quader said that the committee was formed to bring discipline in the country's transport sector and curb accidents on roads across the country. The committee was asked to recommend within 14 days the course of actions to be taken to control road accidents and restore discipline in the road transport sector. Necessary steps will be taken as per recommendations of the committee, he said.
According to the BRTA, other members of the committee includes Road Transport Owners Association President Mashiur Rahman Ranga, columnist Syed Abdul Maksud, actor Ilias Kanchan, DIG of Highway Police, DIG (Operation) of Police Headquarters, Additional Police Commissioner of DMP, two representatives from Truck and Covered Van Owners Association, representatives from BRTA, Accident Research Institute, BUET and Road Transport Ministry.
Besides, a three-member committee consisting ministers of Home, Law and Railways Ministry, has been formed for taking steps in implementing the existing Road Transport Act, Obaidul said.
The committee will also recommend within 14 days how to enforce the law, he added.
Replying to a query, Obaidul said, "Our main challenge is to restore discipline in road sector. We have developed the roads and highways across the country. Hope, we will be able to restore discipline in the sector."