• Wednesday, Jan 26, 2022
  • Last Update : 03:02 am

No traffic jam despite public anxiety as AL holds national council

  • Published at 04:25 pm October 22nd, 2016
  • Last updated at 05:10 pm October 22nd, 2016
No traffic jam despite public anxiety as AL holds national council
Despite much anxiety among Dhaka city residents that the Awami League national council on Saturday would cause serious traffic jams, the situation turned out to be quite the opposite. Since morning, very few commuter vehicles have been seen on the roads. Around 50,000 participants, including hundreds of councillors, local and foreign delegates, and other invited guests are currently attending the council being held at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city. From 8am, police started restricting traffic inside the Dhaka University area, in addition to restrictions in the other areas surrounding the Suhrawardy Udyan premises. People, mostly office-goers were seen waiting at bus stops while many were seen walking towards their destinations after police started implementing the traffic control plan around 9am. [caption id="attachment_23787" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A major avenue in the capital scarcely saw any traffic on the first day of Awami League's 20th National Council Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] No vehicle was allowed to enter the Manik Mia Avenue to Farmgate route from 8am. People were seen getting down from the buses and walking to their destinations.
Also Read- Dhaka traffic advisory ahead of AL council
Even as late as midday, the tranquillity of the city remained unchanged.

Council excited, calm city

Dhaka Tribune correspondents found the city roads empty and unusually calm. The city roads were seen almost empty with only a few of buses, private cars, and CNG-run vehicles. A Dhaka Tribune correspondent took a motorcycle ride from Sadarghat Launch Terminal to Motijheel, Malibagh, Rampura, Hatirjheel, Sabujbagh, Tejgaon and Karwan Bazar, but did not find any traffic congestion. On a regular day, it takes a minimum of 30 minutes for a biker to reach Motijheel from Sadarghat. On Saturday, however, it took only 15 minutes. [caption id="attachment_23788" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Traffic_Body-2 Commercial areas that are usually congested saw a fraction of the usual traffic Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] Another Dhaka Tribune correspondent started his journey from Sadarghat terminal via Rampur and took the Hatirjheel route to Panthapath, taking only 40 minutes. “Usually, I have to spend at least 30 to 45 minutes to travel to Farmgate from Shewrapara. But today, I was able to reach my destination within 12 minutes,” said Ashraful Islam, a service holder. Travel along all of these routes by private car can easily take over an hour on an average day.

Autorickshaws and rickshaws rake it in

The absence of buses in the city was noticeable. CNG autorickshaw drivers and rickshaw pullers had a heyday in the absence of public buses, charging higher fares on all routes. Many CNG drivers refused to use meters and haggled for fares instead. Speaking with the Dhaka Tribune, Halima Khatun, a residence of Malibagh area, said she was supposed to go to Uttara to see her sister but could not find a bus although 30 minutes had elapsed waiting. “I tried to take a CNG but the driver demanded Tk500 although the fare should not exceed Tk300-Tk350,” she said. Rickshaw pullers also charged more than usual on Saturday, Azimur Rahman, who was waiting just beside Halima at Malibagh bus stop, told the Dhaka Tribune. A human hauler driver said: “There is no traffic congestion but there are very few passengers. I have had to run the vehicle practically empty and fear that I won't be able to raise the cost of each trip let alone make a profit. “If the situation continues into the night, I will have to make the deposit for the vehicle from my own pocket and will not be able to pay my staff.”
50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail