Flyover debate

During the last week, New Age Xtra had asked readers if they feel that flyovers in Dhaka are helping to ease the traffic congestion or increasing it.


Nahid HossainNahid Hossain

Dhaka’s situation is the best example of an unplanned city. The traffic congestion is undoubtedly shortening the lifespan of the citizens here. Flyovers are a good idea as through these, vehicles have to cross fewer intersections leading to greater traffic flow. However, the opposite happens when all vehicles try to take the flyover in an area leading to tailbacks. Nearby intersection points need to be monitored properly. Flyovers are playing a significant part in reducing traffic problems in Bangladesh.


Gazi AnisGazi Anis

Flyovers have not been able to get rid of the traffic on Dhaka roads due to lack of proper planning. The second thing is the lack of enforcement of law and regulations. The third reason are the drivers’ of public and private vehicles…The government need to be more strict about traffic rules and regulations in order to curb traffic in the city.


Mohammad Tarek Aziz BappiMohammad Tarek Aziz Bappi

Within last nine years, more than six flyovers were constructed in Dhaka. But their fruitfulness in reducing traffic jam is still questionable. According to the urban planners, building flyovers without proper planning is already creating further problems instead of solving the traffic congestion menace. The traffic congestion is mainly occurring at the entrance and exit points of various flyovers. On the other hand, we do not have a proper public transport plan. Also, authorities need to regulate the provision of licences to new cars.


Shishir RezaShishir Reza

In 1997, the average speed of vehicles in Dhaka was 25km/h. Till 2016, it was 6.25km/h. On the other hand, there are six flyovers in our city. It means, flyovers are not helping to reduce road congestions. Every day, about 36 lakh work hours are wasted in Dhaka due to tailbacks. Also, the private vehicles carry 4 per cent people while occupying 70 per cent of the roads…Solution lies with the politicians, if they want a sustainable solution. Public transport services need to increase. In this context, Dhaka transport co-ordination authority canhelp to work on the signal system on flyovers.

Saleah Mohammad SalimSaleah Mohammad Salim

Surprisingly over the past few days, I did not face traffic when I was about to go home (Mirpur) from my university in Dhanmondi. Earlier, all the roads of Dhanmondi used to be blocked with cars at most hours of the day. I may have benefitted from the construction of flyovers!



Reyad Hossain ArifReyad Hossain Arif

The flyovers in Dhaka are sometimes helping to ease the traffic problem.





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