April 24, 2022 1:24:32 p.m.
April 24, 2022 4:21:11 p.m.
Markets, factories and illegal truck stalls next to the Dhaka-Chattogram and Dhaka-Sylhet highways in Narayanganj may aggravate traffic problems during Eid trips, transport workers and passengers say, reports bdnews24 .com.
Unusually high and low points at various points on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway also slow down traffic and cause difficulties.
Markets and shops have encroached on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway in the Shimrail area of Siddhirganj. They narrowed the road and increased the frequency of traffic jams. Trucks parked in illegal truck stands near the Shimrail intersection also contributed to the traffic jams.
“If traffic increases during Eid, there could be traffic jams at Shimrail, Madanpur, Mograpara and Meghna toll areas in Narayanganj,” said Tara Mia, owner of St Martin Plus Paribahan.
Traffic jams form at the Madanpur Junction as buses and other small vehicles are parked in the area. Lagunas, easy bikes and autorickshaws often travel the wrong way on the Signboard-Shimrail section. Construction of a six-lane expansion is also underway on the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road. As a result, motorists expect heavy traffic jams in the area.
Shamsuddin Bhuiyan, a resident of the Signboard area, said the congestion was happening due to increased traffic during Eid. Illegal businesses set up along the road also cause traffic jams.
There are traffic jams in the Siddhirganj area due to slow vehicles traveling in the wrong direction and vehicles parking at the bus stop, a bus owner named Shahidullah complained.
Azul Islam, a resident of the same area, said: “Cars that are not in good condition are put on the roads for extra income during Eid. Passengers are picked up at random locations and this leads to traffic jams.
During Eid, there may be traffic jams from Madanpur, Signboard and Shimrail areas to Meghna Bridge, said Md Sumon, Shimrail counter manager of Dreamline Paribahan.
“If all the toll booths are open on the Meghna bridge and there are no three-wheelers driving on the highway, there won’t be too many problems.”
There are risks of congestion in the Barpa, Ruposhi and Bhulta areas of the Narayanganj section of the Dhaka-Sylhet highway. The largest fabric wholesale market in the country runs along both sides of Bhulta Road. There are several garment factories located in the Karnagop area of the highway. Every time there is a holiday in these factories, thousands of workers cross the road together, which slows down vehicles. Additionally, there are illegal bus and truck stops along the road.
Congestion is caused in the Ruposhi Industrial Zone by hundreds of freight trucks traveling to surrounding factories and the city. Traffic jams are also caused by the anarchic parking of vehicles.
Kanchpur Highway Police Chief Nabir Hossain said the police would work in areas prone to traffic jams on the highway. Police will be deployed at Madanpur, Shimrail, Bandar Keodhala and Meghna tolls. The police will also work to reduce congestion in various places, including Barpa, Ruposhi and Bhulta areas.
Narayanganj SP Zaidul Alam said, “The number of people returning home has been low for the past two years due to the pandemic. This time, more than twice as many people will come to their villages to celebrate Eid. To this end, 700 traffic police will be deployed to reduce traffic problems. The condition of the Dhaka-Chattogram and Dhaka-Sylhet highways is good. However, due to ongoing works on the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road, there may be traffic jams. »
“Police will work to stop illegal parking. Preparations are underway so that any vehicle that breaks down on the road can be removed quickly.”