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6 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Cabinet Division mulls separate VIP lane in capital

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Cabinet Division mulls separate VIP lane in capital

The Cabinet Division has asked the Road Transport and Highways Division of the communications ministry to open a separate lane in Dhaka metropolitan city areas for vehicles of very important persons (VIPs) and emergency services such as those of the fire brigade and ambulances. After getting requests from some Cabinet ministers, the Cabinet secretary sent a letter to the secretary of the Road Transport and Highways Division, asking him to take steps in this regard. Sources said that the letter had already been forwarded to the  the Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Authority (DTCA), who was currently examining the proposal. Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam yesterday told The Independent that there were separate lanes for VIPs and emergency services in many countries and such a system could be introduced here as well.

“There have been instances when VIPs used wrong lanes, creating traffic jam in the capital. Owing to traffic jam, ambulances carrying patients and police vehicles may not reach their destinations in time,” he said. “Obviously, the authorities should give priority to emergency service vehicles and ambulances if separate lanes are opened in the capital,” he added. Sources said the DTCA already held a meeting with representatives of Rajuk, City Corporation and DMP Traffic Division to prepare a report to be forwarded to the authorities concerned for taking further steps in this regard.

DMP traffic police have filed over 150 cases against a number of drivers of VIPs, including those of state minister for social welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed, Narsingdi-2 MP Kamrul Ashraf Khan, and two secretaries to two ministries, for plying their vehicles on the wrong side of the road in violation of traffic rules.

 

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