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Traffic jam- Solutions

By P. Choudhury
Published: 24 November, 2012

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Residents of Dhaka city really know the true meaning of what traffic jam is. When it takes around an hour to travel a mere distance of a couple of kilometres, it makes one think just how crazy our whole traffic system is.

A perfect example would be of travelling from Gulshan-1 to Bashundhara, which takes under ten minutes on a Friday morning and then takes just under an hour on a weekday. 

So what actually causes the whole problem? Is it just the private cars? Many people would assume so, but that is not always the case. Huge numbers of cars would not cause any trouble if we had a better traffic system. This includes broader roads and better road plans to start off with. Moving from there, the signal lights which actually work for a change and disciplined traffic police officers would be a good start.

If we take a look at the public transport service, one has to take into account the fact that most people operating the public transport system including buses, taxis etc are not very literate. Can’t the government take any initiative to hold workshops for these people? Everybody is trying to earn a livelihood after all, so instead of shrugging them off saying ‘oh what can you expect from uneducated people’, educate them. Give them training so that they know what to do and what not to do. At the end of the day, the benefits would be greater than just leaving these people to drive around the way they want.

Thought should be given to women travelling alone too. Safety issues come into question for women travelling alone which is why many parents don’t want their daughters travelling by public transport. Buses catering to female population only can be put into place in such cases.

If one considers a long term plan to rid the city of traffic jam, a money and time consuming idea would be to design and implement a subway system. Its never late to get started on something that will help us all out in the long run. The railway patterns won’t be intricate like the twisted roads and it will take less time travelling from one place to another. If subway systems cannot be considered, then sky-trains travelling small distances could be installed.

Its not like the government does not have the funds to help out the city but the willingness to actually help comes into question. There are so many ideas that can be implemented if one only takes the time to plan everything out. After all if you don’t think big, you cannot achieve the big things in life, or in this case, solve the big problem that is ‘traffic jam in Dhaka city’.

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Anonymous 27.11.12 at 18:51

very nice read!! Thank you. How about we start a petition and see how many people we can have it signed by? Maybe then a forceful change might come, a planned foresight. My suggestion that Maya may want to start something???

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