Dhaka city is currently facing terrible traffic congestion due to the Dhaka International Trade Fair. Although a number of flyovers are being constructed, the city does not seem to be free from gridlocks. We asked our readers suggestions for curbing the traffic congestion problem.
Dhaka is considered the most congested city in Bangladesh. The most important reason of having such congestion is excess vehicles in comparison to street capacity. Though we are getting more flyovers, these are not being used properly. People are using their own vehicle though they can take a public transport. For example, to visit the trade fair, various people are coming from across the city. If they use public transport instead of using their own transport, the congestion will be greatly reduced. To reduce the gridlock, some traffic rules can be arranged like one way traffic, separate lanes for long distance and short distance vehicles, arranging more parking lots and so on.
The DITF itself should be relocated outside the main city like possibly in Tongi, Bosila and Purbachal. This can reduce the traffic of Dhaka and it also will bolster the micro-economy of those areas in the outskirts of Dhaka.
The DITF should start from December 1st. Around that time most of the schools and colleges are closed and so the traffic congestion will be lighter than what it is right now.
For the violation of rules like unplanned urbanisation, not constructing spacious roads, mandatory required parking space for each building, tower parking for commercial area, the minimal traffic fine should be Tk 10,000. Also, there should be strict implementation of the rule that footpath be free from hawkers. Additionally, Bangladesh economy should not be Dhaka centric only.
Firstly, the authority must stop slow vehicles like rickshaws from plying on Rokeya Sarani and other major roads. Secondly, the ongoing survey work and digging for metro rail project which is causing hazard on roads can be postponed, during DITF. Thirdly, the authority can limit the use of private cars. No cars should be allowed in DITF premises on office days.