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7 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 6 February, 2018 11:26:50 PM
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Separate lane for VIPs ‘unrealistic’

There is no space available on Dhaka streets to introduce such lane say DTCA sources
DEEPAK ACHARJEE
Separate lane for VIPs ‘unrealistic’

The Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) is preparing a report with recommendations that it is not possible to introduce a separate lane in the Dhaka metropolitan area for vehicles of VIPs and emergency services such as those of the fire brigade and ambulance. There is no space available on Dhaka city streets to introduce such a lane, sources in the DTCA said.

The executive director of the DTCA, Syed Ahmed, told The Independent that they are preparing a report in this regard. It would be placed before the authorities concerned with their recommendations as soon as possible. Ahmed, however, did not elaborate on the matter. When contacted, Dr Shamsul Hoque, professor of the civil engineering department of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), told this correspondent that no country has a separate lane for VIPs. “The streets are meant for everyone, not for exclusive use by the elite,” he said.

Prof. Hoque, also a transportation consultant and road safety expert, said the average speed for vehicles on Dhaka streets has slowed down to six kilometres per hour from 25 km. “It will drop to zero if a separate lane is introduced for VIPs and emergency services,” he added.

The expert advised the government to take steps to implement the revised Strategic Transport Plan (STP) as soon as possible to keep the city moving.

Sources said there is only 8 per cent of road space in Dhaka, against the required 25 per cent, where at least 12 lakh vehicles ply.

A news article was published in the media yesterday, quoting Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, that plans are afoot to open a separate lane in the Dhaka metropolitan area for vehicles of VIPs. The move was criticised by a majority of the city dwellers.

A letter, prepared by the Cabinet secretary, had been sent to the secretary of the Road Transport and Highways Division, asking him to take steps in this regard. At a briefing, the Cabinet secretary had said 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 jams in the capital. Owing to traffic jams, ambulances carrying patients and police vehicles may not reach their destination in time,” he had added.

 

 

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