City gets stuck in traffic gridlock

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka city on Thursday experienced severe traffic congestion as almost all roads, lanes and by-lanes were choked with unusual traffic gridlock, causing immense sufferings to the city dwellers.
People from all walks of life after being trapped in 84-hour’s non-stop shutdown were forced to come out of their houses to get their emergency works done on the day, leading to the heavy rush.
Awami League’s nomination seekers rushing to Bangabandhu Avenue, prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Dhaka University in the morning and blasting of crude bombs at Gulistan are some of other factors caused the tailbacks, observers said.
Afzal Hossain, an Uttara resident, said he got on a bus at Uttara at 10:00am to reach Gulistan but got stuck at different points including Mohakhali and Kakrail on the way for processions of ruling party activists.
At 12:30pm he reached Kakrail and walked the rest way to Gulistan, Afzal said.
‘I started for Shahbagh at 11:00am from Rampura to buy some medicine for my mother. I reached Shantinagar at 13:00pm and then came back to my home without medicine,’ said a frustrated Farzana Lily, a student.
After experiencing 84-hour general strike enforced by BNP-led opposition that ended at 6:00pm on Wednesday, there was a mad rush of people including office goers, shoppers and students on the city streets from morning to night.
The worst traffic congestion was seen at Mirpur, Agargaon, Farmgate, Shahbagh, Press Club, Paltan, Gulistan, Motijheel, Jatrabari, Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Tejgaon industrial area, Kakrail, Shantinagar, Khilgaon, Rampura, Badda, Gulshan, and Abdullahpur areas.
Gulistan New Airport Minibus Owners’ Association president Mohammad Nasir Uddin told New Age that almost all areas in the capital witnessed heavy traffic congestion on Thursday.
‘The major reason behind the congestion was people rushing to do their pending works on Thursday ahead of Friday and Saturday, while fear of another spell of countrywide shutdown also drove many outside their homes,’ he added.
The affected commuters said nomination seekers of ruling Awami League caused untold sufferings to them by paralysing the city’s traffic system for hours as their hundreds of supporters rallied on the major thoroughfares to demonstrate supports in favour of their respective leaders.

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