Restrictions on traffic cause huge tailbackStaff Correspondent
Restriction on vehicular movement on the peripheral roads along Hatirjhel-Begunbari project after its inauguration on Wednesday caused huge traffic jams in the surrounding areas.
Project officer Md Khijir Khan said from Friday they would withdraw the restriction and the road would be open for vehicular movement.
Initially, people would face some problems in using the road but there would be traffic police and army personnel to guide the visitors on how to use it, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police joint commissioner (traffic) Abdullah Al Mahmud.
He said the new road was completely different from others as there were some one ways, two ways and in some places there was no right turn.
The new road has some problems as there are no traffic signals and signs, he said.
Abdullah also said that the Hatirjheel-Begunbari road was partly responsible for Thursday’s traffic congestion.
People who went to visit the spectacular project by vehicles and people who wanted to use the road caused the huge traffic tailback, he said.
Tuhin Karmaker, a car driver bound for Malibagh, told New Age that he was waiting for an hour at Tejgaon. He said though there was a new road it was not open to vehicles.
Farid Ahmed, a corporate official, said he used the road before and after the inauguration. The road lacks traffic signs and signals indicating where to stop and how to use it, he added.
The main objectives of the project was to improve the drainage system, connect the eastern with the western part of the capital city, build a proper sewerage, and construct walkways and roads around Hatirjheel and Begunbari canals to improve communications and reduce traffic jam.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the project on Wednesday.
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