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Drives against illegal rickshaws in Chittagong from March 5

  • Published at 08:37 pm February 21st, 2019
File photo of impounded and abandoned rickshaw at a dumping ground of Dhaka Metropolitan Police at the capital's Agargaon Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Illegal rickshaws could be licensed on the spot during the drive

Aiming to ease traffic congestion in the port city, Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) authorities have decided to conduct a drive against unauthorized rickshaws, starting March 5.

CCC mayor, AJM Nasir Uddin, made the announcement at the 43rd general meeting of the corporation on Wednesday.

He said: "In order to bring discipline to the roads and ease traffic congestion, we are going to conduct a drive against unauthorized rickshaws in the city.

“There is a racket going on, making some quick money issuing fake rickshaw licenses, and the number of illegal rickshaws is increasing in the city," said Nasir.

He added: "Currently, around 54,000 authorized rickshaws are running on the city streets. We will give another 30,000 new licenses," said the mayor, adding that rickshaw licenses could be renewed or illegal rickshaws could be licensed on the spot during the drive.

CCC Chief Executive Officer, Md Shamshuddoha, Chief Education Officer Suman Barua, Executive Magistrate Afia Akhter, and acting Chief Engineer Rafiqul Islam, were present at the time, among others.