Published:  03:14 AM, 10 July 2019

Fretful rickshaw-pullers cripple Dhaka

City dwellers want alternative transport for a modern Dhaka

Fretful rickshaw-pullers cripple Dhaka Hundreds of vehicles get stuck on a U-Loop in city's Merul Badda area on Tuesday as rickshaw-pullers blockade roads protesting a ban on rickshaw plying on severl roads. -Jahidul Islam/AA

Rickshaw-pullers blocked the road at Rampura in the city on Tuesday morning protesting the decision banning the plying of rickshaws on three major roads of the capital.

Police sources said several hundred rickshaw-pullers took to the street and put barricades on both carriageways in front of Better Life Hospital around 8:30am.

Following the road blockade, huge gridlocks were created on both sides of the road, inflicting sufferings on commuters.

Abdul Kuddus Fakir, Officer-in-Charge of Rampura Police Station confirmed the matter to media.Office-goers and students of different schools and colleges were the worst sufferers as they got stuck in the traffic jam. Many people were seen walking to reach their destinations.

People had to wait for hours on the roads. At one stage, the agitated rickshaw pullers burnt tires on the road protesting the ban.

Meanwhile, some city dwellers told The Asian Age that for a modern Dhaka, they want a means of transport alternative to rickshaws.  On July 3, a special committee, formed with Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon as its head, decided that three major streets would be made off-limits to rickshaws, in a bid to ease traffic congestion in the capital.

At a meeting on July 3, a special committee, formed with Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon as its head, to stop the plying of illegal vehicles as well as stop grabbing of footpaths and illegal parking in the capital decided to ban the plying of rickshaws on three major thoroughfares from July 7 in an effort to ease the growing traffic congestion.

The three roads are Kuril-Sayedabad road by Rampura and Khilgaon, Gabtoli to Azimpur via Asad Gate and Science Laboratory intersection to Shahbagh intersection.

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