Rain and roads in Dhaka
I HAVE developed a deep resentment towards rain in Dhaka, particularly if I am compelled to head out somewhere. The traffic is absolutely horrendous; drivers are caught in a frenzy to overtake one another, which ultimately results in a gridlock. We just don’t know how to drive in the rain. It is simply obnoxious that if you are inside a vehicle you can go nowhere; you are just stuck inside for hours. What makes things worse is the flooding of the streets that causes water to seep into the vehicle engine and some of these just give up in the middle of the road, trapping the vehicles behind. The scenarios is all over the capital including the new part of the town, Gulshan, Banani, you name it.
Why are good roads dug up in monsoon? To produce fat bills and waste public money, of course! The roads which are in horrible conditions and need urgent repair are neglected. The rain and flooding make them worse. Why can’t the relevant ministry invest funds in bad, bumpy roads that demand immediate attention, instead of making the good or at least acceptable roads bad? It seems in this case the bureaucrats believe in egalitarianism, if they cannot bring all roads up to the desired standard, they have proven that they can bring the standards of the good roads down to match the bad ones!
I felt particularly bad, when the other day I saw Dhaka residents, men and women, from shopkeepers to office workers, having to fold their garments upwards to cross the flooded streets. I was one of them, I did it for I had to reach somewhere before the office closes and I had already remained stuck for 2.5 hours in an auto with a cranky driver who was losing time.
When treading the rainwater flooding street, an elderly man, unable to see the road condition beneath the murky water almost fell in a drain or a hole. People in their rush were rather irritated for him blocking the flow, rather than helping him out. I realise that the rain in Dhaka makes its residents, drivers and pedestrians alike more hyper, frantic and less sensitive.
A perturbed resident
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