Road Transport and Bridges Minister has directed the authorities concerned to do so in order to make movement easy during Eid-ul-Azha
Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has instructed the authorities concerned to suspend the ongoing construction work of all flyovers and underpasses in Bangladesh for seven days before and seven days after Eid-ul-Azha.
The minister gave the directive on Wednesday, during a video conference with engineers of the Roads and Highways Department, while discussing how to ease the journey of the holidaymakers during the Eid holiday.
Quader, who is also the general secretary of Awami League, noted that the government had already instructed all public service holders not to leave their respective workplaces.
He further said every zone, circle, and division should be active so that cattle markets are not set up on or near roads and highways.
He ordered the district and police administrations as well as the local government bodies to coordinate in this regard.
The road transport minister urged holidaymakers to remain cautious during Eid. "We have to travel maintaining social distance and following hygiene rules," he added.
He instructed the engineers of the Roads and Highways Department to coordinate with the law enforcement agencies and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to ease the pressure of homeward-bound people to be created by RMG factories at Nabinagar, Bypail, EPZ, Chandra, Kaliakair, Gazipur, Bhulta and Kanchpur areas.
Quader requested the mayor of Gazipur, police commissioner and other concerned officials to pay special attention to Tongi-Gazipur highway.
"Roads and highways are better now than at any time in the past, but the incessant rains have increased the risk [of accidents] a bit," he added.