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21 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Ensuring a safe and hassle-free Eid journey

Fatalities and casualties on the way both before and after Eids have become a confirmed phenomenon since long with no visible solution at sight
SAKIB HASAN
Ensuring a safe and hassle-free Eid journey

Irresistible urge to meet the near and dear ones living far away at native homes make the resident Dhaka-dwellers to embark upon a challenging enterprise of home going prior to Eids. Unfortunately, the year-long emotionally-baked desire of the city-dwellers especially the Dhaka-dwellers customarily turns a nightmarish Odyssey every year for many reasons. Although the government arranges special trains, launches and increased number of buses to cater to the highly increased demands of the home-goers, these can hardly fulfill the requirement of the root-seekers. As a result of this poor arrangements and managements, the Eid journey for the home-bound people is often met with innumerable hassles and uncertainties.

Fatalities and casualties on the way both before and after Eids have become a confirmed phenomenon since long with no visible solution at sight. In this respect, rhetoric always overrides the practical actions on the ground. Is a safe and hassle-free Eid journey not at all possible? Although mishaps and casualties before this Eid-ul-Adha is relatively figure low, abnormal delay on the way during Eid journey is an added extra taxation paid by the journey-takers. For example, just a 6-hour normal journey-time has been stretched too long and it has finally been ended at 28 long harassing hours. Over the years due to increasing concentration of people in cities and particularly in the capital city, heavy rush of home-going people in the terminals has been a familiar manifestation to all. Where there is an unmanageable rush, there are more accidents and more casualties.

Security of the people has to be considered as the first priority above all other considerations. There is the least doubt about the government’s sincere concern for people’s genuine grievances. The problem is that the government has to carry out its commitments through its different implementing organs and they are seen not to be duly committed to their assigned responsibilities and this failure eventually adds to people’s sufferings. It is even alleged that these supervising and monitoring wings paid from the people’s revenues are allegedly reported to have involved in malpractices in collision with a section of transport tycoons. Total preparations to tackle the excessive rush before and after Eids and especially before Eids have to be overhauled taking into active consideration the practical ground needs of the home-bound passengers. No doubt that narrowness of most of our highways and roads is the prime cause of the long traffic tailbacks. However, the best alternative option tangibly possible for us at the moment has to be done at any cost. It is quite possible for us to ensure road discipline once we make our traffic law-enforcing agencies and authorities put their sincerest efforts in this regard. If need be, they have to opt for outsourcing to meet the exigencies. It is the assigned responsibility of the traffic law-enforcing agencies to make sure that none is using the road spaces breaching the existing law.

Secondly, terminal discipline has to be maintained strictly. By terminal discipline I categorically mean that no travel and transport agencies can unduly charge the passengers too highly. For example, if a ticket of Tk. 500 is sold at Tk. 1000, it is a outrageous harassment for the helpless passengers. It may sound bitter but it is true that purchasing travel tickets at an unreasonably excessive amount especially before Eids is a rampant practice in most of the terminals across the country. This blatant indiscipline in buying and selling of the travelling tickets have been continuing unabated for years together but there is nobody inside the terminals to look into this serious criminal offense.

Eid journey to home is also delayed by the bad road conditions. Barring a few exceptions, most of the highways and important roads of Bangladesh are in a very precarious state thanks to the ill-maintenance of the concerned department. At least 10 days before the Eid day, all roads have to be made journey-friendly repairing the broken parts and filling the all pitfalls and potholes. Most importantly, the quality of the repair works has to be maintained very strictly and any irregularity has to be brought to book right away irrespective of the defaulters’ affiliations and connections. Highway police has to be made more vigilant and watchful all the way through to safeguard the passengers.

To meet the increasing road space demand in proportion to the increasing population, expansions of the narrow roads and highways have to be given topmost national priority since all these short-term suggestions cannot work for an indefinitely. It is shocking that for reasons unknown the on-going expansion works of many roads as well as highways have been slowed down which and the construction materials piled up on both sides of the roads are, in fact, creating more hindrance than help for the moving vehicles. Momentum has to be brought back immediately in the expansion works and their completion has to be ensured as per schedule.  We firmly belie that this pro-liberation government under honorable Prime Minister will surely address this serious concern of the people for a safe and a hassle-free Eid journey as she has been fulfilling her commitments one after another with a view to moving on the development superhighway.   

 The writer is Assistant Professor of English, Bogura Cantonment Public School & College.

 E-mail:shasanbogra1@gmail.com

 

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