If the highway renovation work in Sirajganj is not completed soon, there are chances of massive traffic jam, and homebound Eid holiday makers would have to endure extreme difficulties. As construction work on the highway continues, district police have identified 14 high-risk areas. Proposals have been submitted to the authorities concerned for the renovation of 20 bridges spanning about 51 km of the Chandaikona highway from the west side of the Bangabandhu Bridge to Hatikumrul. There is risk of severe traffic congestion at the 14 high-risk points. Every year before Eid, all the vehicles carrying homebound commuters pass through the Bangabandhu Bridge-West Highway. As a result, there is extra pressure on this highway. Read More: Advance sale of train tickets for Eid travellers starts Friday It is expected that the roads on this route will be repaired by the second week of this month. Bus and truck drivers, in particular, say that if the work on the highway is completed, there will be relief during Eid journey. People of 16 districts of north Bangladesh use this highway to go home from Dhaka during Eid. Every day, 16,000 to 20,000 vehicles use this highway, and during Eid, 30,000 to 40,000 vehicles ply it. Work is underway to widen and repair the four-lane highway – connecting the west side of the Bangabandhu Bridge. It has already caused traffic congestion and slow movement on the highway. Besides, the north lane of the newly constructed Nalka Bridge has been opened, but the Dhaka-facing lane has been closed. Traffic is moving through the risky old bridge. The contractor, Akhter JV Project’s Manager Ekhlas Uddin said that discussions have already been held with the Sirajganj Superintendent of Police. Read More: Special train service on Joyedbpur-Panchagarh route for RMG workers for Eid: BR On the highway, potholes will be repaired soon. New four-lane roads have been opened in different parts of the highway. Officials of the local Roads and Highways Department said the renovation work on the risky points on the highway has been supervised. Badrul Kabir, officer-in-charge of Hatikumrul Highway Police Station, said two rounds of discussions were held among the district police, officials of SASEC-2, and officials of the contractor company. They have assured to complete the repair work soon. On the occasion of Eid, 10 mobile teams and 16 picket teams will work on the highway. In addition, mikes and digital sign will be installed. Sirajganj Traffic Inspector (Administration) Salekuzzaman Khan said they spoke to the district police regarding ensuring smooth flow of traffic before Eid. There will be 15 to 18 mobile teams on the highway. Work has already started to ease the traffic congestion. Senior police officials mentioned that arrangements have been made to make the Eid journey of the homebound people uninterrupted. Read More: Eid journey: Nat’l Committee demands bike ban on highways for 9 days
The devastating fire that broke out at Bangabazar market in Dhaka on Tuesday (April 04, 2023) morning caused an unusual traffic jam around the market area due to the closure of adjacent roads. Fire service, police, RAB, army, air force and navy are trying to extinguish the blaze that broke out around 6:10 am. Read More: Bangabazar fire: Shahidul, Moinuddin watch their businesses go up in flames Jayita Das, senior assistant police commissioner of DMP Traffic Lalbagh Zone, said that traffic movement in the adjacent areas has been stopped to ease the fire control activities. Traffic movement has been closed and limited on the roads in front of the High Court-Gulistan, Banga Bazar, Golap Shah Mazar police headquarters to Dhaka Medical, he added. This instruction about traffic movement will remain in force in this area until the situation turns normal, said the officer adding that general public are requested to use alternative roads. Read More: Fire at Bangabazar market still raging
Dhaka commuters have been stuck in massive traffic jam since this morning (January 12, 2023) as a 22km long tailback has formed from Tongi Bridge to Moghbazar in the city. The gridlock stretched from Tongi Bridge-Abdullahpur-Airport to Mohakhali-Moghbazar areas of Dhaka — causing untold sufferings for commuters. Vehicular movement in parts of Dhaka came to a standstill for hours due to the huge pressure of Ijtema-bound vehicles in Tongi. Read More: Air quality: Dhaka world’s 3rd most polluted city this morning
Dhaka Metropolitan Police have requested commuters to avoid the route from Khilkhet through Uttara to Gazipur today (October 25, 2022), due to a long tailback. Uttara Traffic Department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police issued an alert, saying that heavy rains induced by the Cyclone Sitrang has caused waterlogging at different points in Gazipur on Dhaka-Mymensingh road. Read Dhaka office-goers stuck in gridlock, traffic jam from Khilkhet to Abdullahpur Due to the big holes in the road and waterlogging, vehicle movement from Khilkhet through Uttara to Mohakhali has been seriously disrupted, it said. In this situation, commuters are requested to not use the Khilkhet-Uttara-Gazipur route unless urgent.
Different roads in Dhaka went under water due to heavy rains triggered by Cyclone Sitrang, causing traffic gridlock that left no options for commuters but to suffer terribly. Md Omar Faruq, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Metrological Department, told UNB that 255 mm rains were recorded in 24 hours till 6 am on Tuesday (October 25, 2022). As Sitrang hit the country’s coastal areas on Monday (October 24, 2022) night, nearly all parts of Bangladesh including the capital experienced heavy rains and storm that uprooted trees or killed people and disconnected power transmission lines. Read Cyclone Sitrang: Dhaka-Khulna & Dhaka-Barishal highways reopen after 10 hours City Corporation workers were seen removing uprooted trees from Dhaka roads in the morning. Office-goers and others remained stuck on roads for hours in the morning as traffic movement was slow due to waterlogging.
Commuters in Dhaka have been stuck for hours in traffic jam today (September 13, 2022). Rain, that started from the morning, caused traffic chaos in several points of Dhaka, including Tongi, Uttara, Airport, Mohakhali, Bijoy Sarani and Bangla Motor areas. Vehicles were seen stalled for hours on the road. Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) of Uttara Division, Nafiz Kamal Shoibal, said a one-km long tailback was seen from Munno Gate to Milgate area in Tongi and a number of vehicles were passing through with caution due to the dilapidated condition of the road. Potholes have formed on the road due to the ongoing work of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. Read: Launch school bus services to reduce traffic: DNCC Mayor
Commuters, particularly officegoers, had a harrowing time on the city's roads on Wednesday, the very first day of the new office schedule, as they remained stuck in traffic snarls for hours in the morning. The snarls began around 7.30am, with the Bangladesh government deciding to change the timings of all government, semi-government, autonomous and semi-autonomous offices -- from 9am-5pm to 8am-3pm daily -- to ration electricity. Mohakhali to Banani, Dhanmondi, Bijoy Sarani and Mogbazar were some of the worst-hit stretches where traffic literally came to a standstill for over an hour in the morning rush hours. Read: Dhaka’s air quality remains 'moderate' “It seems that there is no end to people’s sufferings. Traffic jams not only kill time but also ruin our energy,” said Istiaqe Nasir, a resident of the city's Uttara area. "It took me two hours to reach my office in Tejgaon from Uttara," he added. Students of primary and secondary schools also had to bear the brunt of the morning rush hour jams. A senior traffic officer with Dhaka Metropolitan Police, preferring anonymity, said a large number of vehicles, including buses, were seen parked along the roads, triggering the traffic jam. "What began as a daily traffic congestion soon turned into a chaotic situation, forcing many people to walk to their respective destinations," he said.
LGRD Minister Tazul Islam has said wholesale and retail kitchen markets should be set up at places designated by the government to reduce traffic jam and public hassles. “Action will be taken against those who will set up shops occupying roads that hampers people’s movement,” he said. He said this on Thursday after visiting Gabtoli kitchen market aiming to relocate Karwan Bazar there. Also read: LGRD Minister directs WASA to fix water price in capital rationally “Karwan Bazar was established long ago and goods from this market are distributed in retail markets of the city. Traders coming from different parts of the country struggle to reach here while distribution also becomes a struggle due to traffic jam. So we have started working on how Karwan Bazar can be shifted to a different suitable point of Dhaka,” he said. He said wholesale and retail kitchen markets should not set up at the same place in densely populated areas and it is better if wholesale kitchen markets can be shifted outside the city. “The mayors and councilors will decide how many markets are needed in an area instead of establishing wholesale and retail kitchen markets everywhere. If new markets are needed it will be done identifying the suitable spots,” the minister said. Also read: Re-excavated canals: LGRD Minister predicts less waterlogging in Dhaka “It’s not logical to establish a three-storied building for kitchen market but at Gabtoli it is being made to sell other products like electronics goods in the upper floors. Our main aim is to build a planned and beautiful Dhaka,”he added.
A long tailback formed on Bangabandhu Bridge east link road in Tangail Friday due to the additional number of Dhaka-bound vehicles and holidaymakers, who were returning to the capital and workplaces after a long vacation. The crush of additional vehicle traffic towards Dhaka from northern districts caused the gridlock, triggering a 35km tailback stretching from Bangabandhu Bridge to Tangail's Karatia, Ataur Rahman, in-charge of Elenga Highway Police, said. Till the filing of this report at around 10:30pm hundreds of vehicles packed with passengers were seen moving very slowly, causing immense suffering to Dhaka-bound people. Also, women and children were seen returning to the capital in trucks.
Vacationers heading home four days ahead of Eid-ul-Azha had to suffer through a 10-km long tailback on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway passing through Narayanganj on Wednesday.Massive gridlock was witnessed on the highway at Shimrail, Kanchpur, Madanpur and Meghna area from this afternoon.Hundreds of vehicles got stuck which caused extreme miseries to the drivers and passengers amid scorching heat.A home-bound passenger Faria Rahman said vehicles were moving slowly after crossing the Signboard area. It is taking a long time for the passengers to reach the destination.Meanwhile, some passengers alleged transport owners are charging extra fare.Nabir Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) Kanchpur Highway police station, said, “The gridlock was caused by heavy pressure of cattle-laden vehicles as well as home-bound people ahead of Eid.”The highway police has taken various steps to control traffic, including deploying additional police at every turn of the highway, patrolling and not allowing local vehicles on the highway, said the OC.“Due to the extra pressure of the vehicles, people have to wait for a while at a few turning points of the highway causing a tailback. Hopefully it will be normal soon,” he added.Highway police have also evicted illegal establishments and shops on or near the highway to avoid traffic gridlock.