Dhaka’s traffic situation turns into organized chaos
The traffic system of Dhaka city has been intermittently collapsing in this Ramadan. The roads are totally jam-packed especially in peak hours. Commuters have been facing extreme sufferings between 8am-12am and 2pm-11pm while travelling to the desired destination. Even The DMP officials have failed to control the traffic jam.
However, in every Ramadan commuters plight becomes excruciating. Besides, different ride sharing transports are responsible for worsening the existing traffic woes. These ridesharing services such as Uber, Pathao, etc. are also not following traffic rules and regulations. Therefore, people keep encountering different chaotic situations in roads. The construction of Metro Rail and Bus Rapid Transit are added to this suffering list. It is assumed that the traffic situation will not ease significantly unless these two mega projects are completed.
Despite building over half a dozen of flyovers, many millions are frequently stuck in traffic jams. We will not be able to reduce traffic jam unless increasing number of public transport hit the street. Moreover we have vehicles of various shapes and speeds plying on the same road resulting in slowing down traffic significantly. Especially small vehicles plying on the wider roads causes traffic congestion. Another major offence is the practice of buses stopping randomly at spots that are not designated bus stops but convenient to pick up passengers to fill the seats.
Experts accuse the rapid growth of population creating more demand for more transport in the city. But this demand is not going to lessen the suffering unless some systematic and scientific planning is put in place. Urban planners come up with different solution, such as Strategic Transport Plan for Dhaka (STP), a systematic and scientific planning that may play an effective role.
Dhaka was once surrounded and crisscrossed by enumerable canals. Government of many occasions made attempts to restore their previous positions. For obvious reasons these attempts failed due to strong opposition by influential local people with political connections. Revival of these rivers, canals and turning them waterways like Venice, Amsterdam and other cities of the world can not only ease the traffic congestion but also reduce excessive expenditures for massive mega projects.
Urban experts also think that government should take sensible steps to introduce sufficient number of public transports while reducing the use of private and small vehicles, restore discipline in the transport sector, replace the microbuses and minibuses with single-decker, double-decker buses. In different ways the railways and waterways can also be used as suitable substitutes to ease traffic pressure on roads and facilitate the commuters hassle-free transportation services.