Security guard dies as bus hits him in Gazipur, RMG workers block highway
RMG workers set a truck on fire and vandalised several other vehicles, blocking Dhaka-Tangail highway following a coworker’s death in a road accident on the highway in Kaliakoir of Gazipur this morning. Atikur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Salna Highway Police Station, said a worker died as a bus hit him while crossing the highway in Hartakitola area this morning. Read more: RMG workers set fire to 4 buses over rumour in Gazipur The deceased was identified as Azadul Haque, 40, of Gaibandha. He used to work as a security guard at a denim factory in Chandra area. Agitated by the incident, RMG workers blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway, vandalised vehicles on both sides of the highway, and set a truck on fire, said the OC. Read more: RMG workers stage demo for arrears in Gazipur; 10 hurt in clash with cops Later, police brought the situation under control, he added.
3 family members among 5 dead in accident involving truck, pick-up and microbus on Dhaka-Sylhet highway
Three members of a family were among five dead and three others were injured in a collision that involved a truck, a pick-up, and a microbus on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in the early hours of Saturday (January 07, 2023). The deceased are microbus driver Sadir Ali, 25, of Kamlatila village, Abdus Salam, 32, of Barachara village under Kamalganj upazila; Sadia, 21, wife of Abdus Salam, their two-year-old daughter Habiba, and Sadia’s brother Atiqur Rahman Shihab, 15. Read more: Road crash leaves two dead in Keraniganj Ashraful Alam, a relative of the victims, said all the passengers of the microbus were relatives who were returning home after receiving a relative named Razu, a Bangladeshi expatriate in Malaysia, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. Abdur Razzak, officer-in-charge of Madhabpur police station, said the accident occurred when a Moulvibazar-bound microbus collided head-on with a pick-up and a truck when the pick-up was trying to overtake the truck — leaving the driver of the microbus and four other passengers of the vehicle dead on the spot. Read more: Bagerhat road crash leaves 3 dead The injured were first rushed to Madhabpur Upazila Health Complex and later were shifted to Sylhet Medical College Hospital. The victims’ bodies were handed over to the highway police.
Road crash leaves two dead in Keraniganj
Two people were killed in a collision between two trucks on Dhaka-Mawa Bangabandhu Highway in Keraniganj upazila of Dhaka early Wednesday. The deceased were identified as truck driver Hossain Sheikh, 25, and helper of another truck Imon, 19. Details of the deceased could not be known yet. Read more: Schoolboy killed in Dhaka road crash Utfal Kumar, sub inspector of Hasada highway police station, said the accident occurred around 2am when a speeding Dhaka-bound truck from Mawa rammed into a stationary truck in Rajendarapur area, leaving the duo dead on the spot. The Highway police station’s OC Molla Jakir Hossain said they seized the trucks after the accident. Read more: One dead, five injured in Bagerhat road crash A case was filed in this connection.
Cyclone Sitrang: Dhaka-Khulna & Dhaka-Barishal highways reopen after 10 hours
Dhaka-Khulna and Dhaka-Barishal highways were thrown open on Tuesday (October 25, 2022) morning, nearly 10 hours after remaining closed for vehicular movement in the wake of uprooted trees blocking several stretches during Cyclone Sitrang. Around 8:30 pm on Monday, the front part of the cyclone started lashing Bangladesh, uprooting trees. "As the fallen trees blocked at least 80km areas on the two highways, the movement of vehicles had to be suspended," said Taimur Alam, officer-in-charge of Bhanga highway police station. On Tuesday, around 7am, vehicular movement resumed on the two highways after highway police and fire service removed the fallen trees after the rain and storm stopped, said the OC. Read Dhaka office-goers stuck in gridlock, traffic jam from Khilkhet to Abdullahpur During heavy rains and storm influenced by the cyclone, trees broke down in the Talma Pukuria area on the Dhaka-Barishal highway and in Majhra, Majhigati, Risatala, Joy Bangla, Kailar Mor, Mansurabad on the Dhaka-Khulna highway, said police and fire officials. Cyclone Sitrang crossed the Barishal-Chattogram coast near Bhola on Monday midnight and weakened rapidly into a depression by giving precipitation, the met office said in its latest bulletin. Sitrang moved north-northeastwards very fast and completed crossing the Barishal-Chattogram coast, and it now lies over Dhaka-Cumilla-Brahmanbaria and adjoining areas as a land depression, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department. Read Cyclone Sitrang weakens into depression
Ecnec approves Tk 7,189cr Cumilla-Brahmanbaria 4-lane highway project
Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday cleared six development projects, including the Tk 7,189 crore project to upgrade Cumilla-Brahmanbaria National Highway to four lanes. The highway from Mainamati of Cumilla to Dharkhar of Brahmanbaria will be upgraded into a four-lane one, with separate lanes for slow vehicles on both sides, by June 2026. The project aims to establish fast, safe and cost-effective road connectivity between Sylhet and Chattogram regions. The approval came from the Ecnec meeting presided over by its chair and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who joined the event through a virtual platform from her official residence Ganobhaban. Also read: Ecnec postpones Tk 236-crore project of Teletalk to save dollars “The total estimated cost of the six approved projects is some Tk 8,739.68 crore (only additional costs of three revised projects were included),” Planning Minister MA Mannan said at a press briefing after the meeting was held at the NEC Conference Room. Of the total cost, Tk 5,929.03 crore will be drawn from the government’s fund, while the rest Tk 2,810.65 crore will come as foreign loan, he said. According to the Planning Commission, the project titled ‘Upgrading Cumilla (Mainamati)-Brahmanbaria (Dharkhar) National Highway into Four Lanes’ will be executed at the cost of Tk 7,188.66 crore. Also read: Metro Rail (MRT Line-6) project cost goes up by Tk 11,486 cr; Gets Ecnec nod The government will finance Tk 4,378 crore and the rest Tk 2,810.65 crore will come from the Indian Line of Credit (LoC). The major project operations are acquisition of 103 hectares of lands, construction of 14 bridges (with total length of 1,218.44 meters), one 1,030-meter flyover, two underpasses, 50 culverts, 12 foot-over bridges, 50-km flexible pavement and 4.5-km rigid pavement.
Taskforce on road crashes wants ban on movement of inter-district motorcycles
The taskforce, formed to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the National Roads Safety Council to restore discipline on roads and highways, wants an end to plying of inter-district motorcycles to reduce road accidents. Former shipping minister Shahjahan Khan and a member of the taskforce said this after the meeting of the taskforce at the Home Ministry on Wednesday. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal presided over the meeting. Read: Restriction on motorcycle driving, ride-sharing for a week during Eid Shahjahan said, “There will be no inter-district ride sharing. The matter was discussed in the meeting. We have taken the matter seriously as around 40 per cent of road accidents occur due to motorcycles. We have decided to control it.” Shahjahan, also the president of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, said, “Many people are saying that motorcycles are being controlled due to the conspiracy of the bus owners. This is ridiculous. We have only suggested stopping long route ride sharing. The government will decide on the matter.” Mentioning that the country has limited dope test centres for drivers, Shahjahan Khan said they requested the authorities concerned to increase the number of dope test centres and reduce dope test fees from the existing Tk 900. The meeting also recommended increasing the number of employees at BRTA and recruiting more highway police personnel to maintain discipline on roads, he added. Regarding the appointment letter of the transport workers by the owners, he said Road Transport or Home Minister will soon inaugurate the mass appointment letter handover ceremony all over the county through the virtual platform.
At least 6 dead in highway pileup in U.S. Montana
At least six people died after a dust storm caused a 21-car-pileup on a highway in the U.S. State of Montana Friday evening, said authorities. Six people are confirmed dead and eight people were transported to nearby hospitals after the pileup, which is described as one of the most intense multi-vehicle accidents in Montana, a local television station reported on Saturday morning. "My prayers are with everyone affected by the tragic events during the dust storm in Big Horn County today," Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen wrote on his Facebook page on Friday night. Read: Tropical Storm Colin threatens a wet weekend for Carolinas The Montana Highway Patrol is on the scene with other first responders, said Knudsen, adding that more information will be released when it becomes available. The numbers of fatalities and injuries did not change overnight and the accident scene has been totally cleared, Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Jay Nelson was quoted as saying. Information so far showed the wind storm was an isolated, extreme weather event, Nelson added, noting authorities believed that there is no further danger to the public. ■
Barishal University students block highway protesting assault on fellow
Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Kuakata highway remained suspended for an hour on Saturday as the students of Barishal University staged demonstrations blocking the highway protesting assault on one of their fellows by a transport worker, police said. Witnesses said when Foysal Shahriar, a Masters final year student of the university, tried to board a bus for going to Dapdapia Zero point around 9 am in front of the university some staff of the bus misbehaved with him. At one stage of heated argument, the bus staff physically assaulted him. As soon as the news spread, the students of the university took to Dhaka-Kuakata highway and put up barricade on the road, halting vehicular movement for an hour. READ: Barishal University student gets job at Google Vehicular movement returned to normalcy after an hour as the students left the highway upon assurance from the law enforcement agencies that they will take steps to settle the issue. General Secretary of Barishal Rupatoli Bus and Minibus Owners Association Kawsar Hossain Shipon said those who assaulted the students were not bus staff. Proctor Dr Md Khorshed Alam said a meeting will be held between police and the bus owners association over the issue. Md Asaduzzaman, Officer-in-Charge of Barishal Port Police Station, said police are trying to resolve the problem.
Highway land lease: HC asks ACC to submit report on June 26
The High Court on Monday ordered the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to submit a report within June 26 after investigating the graft case in connection with collecting Tk 15 crore as loan from a private bank after leasing 27 decimals of land in Uttara Azampur on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway. Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo passed the order after hearing a writ petition. The HC also fixed June 26 for next hearing. Also read: HC orders to evict 43 illegal establishments on Ichamati bank The court issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the ineffectiveness of the authorities concerned for failing to take necessary steps against those involved in the corruption should not be declared illegal. ACC Chairman, Bangladesh Bank governor, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit and others have been made respondents to the rule. Advocates Anik R Haque and Tamzid Hasan stood for the petitioners while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state. Advocate Obaiyed Ahmed filed the writ petition seeking steps in this regard after attaching a report published at a daily newspaper on the title of “Looting Tk 15 crore after showing Highway on lease’. Also read: Illegal brick kilns: HC summons DoE DG, 5 DCs on contempt of court charge According to the writ, Golam Faruk, a fraud withdrew Tk 15 crore as a loan from a private bank after leasing 27 decimals of land at Uttara Azampur on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway. He took the money in collusion with some dishonest employees of the bank. When the bank authorities tried to install a notice of the bank, they came to know that it was fake as the owner of the land is identified as Jamir Ali. Attacks were carried out on Jamir by miscreants. On April 14, Rapid Action Battalion members detained Faruk and his close aide Firoj Al Mamun alias Firoz from city’s Uttara.
Eid holidaymakers likely to face tough journey on Dhaka-Paturia highway
Eid home-goers are likely to face a tough journey on Dhaka-Paturia highway of Manikganj due to traffic gridlock as development works in some parts of the highway are yet to be completed. Transport workers said tens of thousands of people in 21 districts of the southern and western part of the country travel through this highway during Eid. This year, the number of holidaymakers will be several times higher than in the last two years as the Coronavirus situation has improved in the country, they said. As road repairing and development works are still underway, the home goers might have to suffer on the Dhaka-Paturia highway. The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) has been conducting road widening and development works at least 10 points of the highway which is hampering normal traffic movement on the route. During the Eid journey, pressure of vehicles will be increased 4-5 times on the highway which will increase suffering also for the passengers. Drivers and transport workers have demanded immediate completion of the highway development works. Meanwhile, RHD sources said all development works on the highway will be completed within April 24. READ: Hundreds of vehicles stranded at Paturia Ghat, compound public sufferings Roads and Highways Department (Manikganj) executive engineer Md. Gaus-Ul-Hassan Maruf said road widening, separate bus lane, bay construction, and development works from Nabinagar to Nayarhat and Paturia ghat started in 2021 and are in the final stage. “We hope all points of Dhaka-Paturia highway will be opened to traffic before one week of Eid,” Maruf said. Mohammad Golam Azad Khan, police superintendent of Manikganj, said the additional police force will be deployed on the highway to ensure the safety of the Eid holidaymakers. “Adequate police force will be deployed on 36 kilometres long highway from Manikganj’s Barbaria point to Paturia ferry ghat (Terminal) to ensure smooth vehicular movement and security of the home goers.” The movement of all goods-laden trucks will remain suspended for three days ahead of Eid. Besides, mobile patrol teams comprising additional police personnel will also be deployed at every bus stand, he added.