The campaign led by the film star and his organization’s volunteers is going to different points of the capital and raising awareness among drivers and pedestrians in the city
Veteran Bangladeshi actor Ilias Kanchan has begun a month long road safety campaign in Dhaka starting October 2 under the banner of his road safety organization, Nirapad Sharak Chai (NSC). The campaign led by the film star and his organization’s volunteers is going to different points of the capital and raising awareness among drivers and pedestrians in the city.
After campaigning and outlining traffic regulations to citizens around Kakrail and the Paltan area, NSC members campaigned the whole day at Bangla Motor in the city on October 6.
The whole campaign was aired live from NSC’s official Facebook page, Nirapad News, and was highly appreciated by Bangladeshi and expatriate netizens.
NSC founder and chairman Ilias Kanchan recently said in a press statement that if other voluntary organizations or persons wants to work on this campaign with them they should contact NSC’s Kakrail office.
The month long campaign will end on October 22 marking the National Road Safety day and the 25th death anniversary of Jahanra Kanchan, Ilias Kanchan’s first wife who died in a tragic road accident back in 1993.
After the loss of his wife, the veteran actor left the film industry and devoted his life to ensure safer roads for future generations in Bangladesh, by forming Nirapad Sharak Chai. The Bangladesh government awarded him the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award, in 2017, for his service.
Ilias and NSC members expressed solidarity with the 2018 student movement demanding safer roads.
Later on, during the movement he broke into tears. On August 6 at a press conference held at Nirapad Sharak Chai’s headquarters in Segunbagicha, Dhaka, he requested student protesters to return home. He said different groups with rumours and fake news had entered the ongoing student movement for safer roads. He also said if the demands were not met they would again take to the streets and protest for safer roads. Kanchan even denounced the newly passed Road Transportation Act by the cabinet on August 6.