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Dhaka traffic returns to near normalcy

Staff Reporter

After seven days of student-led protests and the subsequent transport strike, there was a semblance of normalcy in traffic movement in most parts of the city yesterday. A number of transport owners plied their buses yesterday following a government order on Sunday to do so. Lack of public transport in the past few days had inconvenienced a lot of commuters. “It was very difficult for me to go to my office at Gulshan. I needed to take several rickshaws to go to my office from my home at Dhanmondi. Today, I at least got a CNG auto rickshaw,” said Rehnuma Afrin, who works in a market research firm, yesterday.

Notwithstanding the suffering, Rehnuma said she supported the students’ cause for safer roads and believed that school students did a good job in managing traffic. “But obviously this can’t go forever. The authorities concerned should take lessons from the kids and try to manage the traffic efficiently.”

Sakib Ahmed, an apprentice lawyer, said the number of buses was very few. “I tried to get on to the buses at Mohammadpur to go to my office at Purana Paltan. But I failed to get into one as the buses were very crowded. However, there were at least some buses on the roads today. In the past few days, there were none at all,” he added. Meanwhile, Uber and Pathao, which had virtually stopped ride-sharing services in the past three days due to violence on the roads

and internet slowdown, also started to resume operations in nearly full swing yesterday. Pathao CEO Hussain Elias said the ride-sharing service was not stopped fully, but the number of available vehicles was very few. “This was because the riders were afraid of their own safety. Also, our business is completely based on the Internet and if its speed slows down, our system cannot function properly,” he added.

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