Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said there could be no dream solutions to the pre-Eid traffic congestion that paralyses the country every year, but things can be kept under control if everyone cooperates.
The minister made the remark at a discussion at the National Press Club in Dhaka yesterday.
“Controlling traffic congestion depends on three variables. First is engineering. I would say the highways in the country are in batter condition than ever before. So, the highways will not be the reason for congestion [this year].”
“Second is enforcement. Usually, highway and traffic police have roles to play in controlling congestion. If they fail, people fall into immense of sufferings.
“Third is awareness. Road users – including drivers, passengers and pedestrians – everybody try to be the first. If they were not conscious, if they overtake, if they do not maintain the roadside parking system, it will not he possible to control traffic jam,” he explained.
The minister also criticised the law enforcers saying they sometimes break law themselves by moving on the wrong side of roads and highways, creating problems.
“I have taken many initiatives. I conducted several eviction drives across the country to remove illegal occupiers from the roadsides and footpaths. But those initiatives could not be more successful because leaders of the ruling party and other influential people might have been involved,” he said.