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13 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Tangail bus terminal hazardous for locals

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Tangail
Tangail bus terminal hazardous for locals

Even after four decades of being in place, the new bus terminal of Tangail cannot accommodate and handle a large number of vehicles.

Though the number of vehicles has increased four times over the years, the terminal has not been expanded. Traffic gridlocks have become a daily occurence. Indiscriminate parking on roads and beside the hospital only worsens the gridlock.

The new terminal was relocated on three acres of land in 1981 on the Tangail-Mymensingh highway at Dewla of Tangail town. It was originally two km away from the main town. But the town has expanded and hence the terminal is now surrounded by buzzing neighbourhoods. Recently, the new building of Sheikh Hasina Medical College was formally inaugurated near the terminal. Speedy vehicles plying on the highway through the terminal are creating problems for students and patients.

The new terminal started its journey with 250 buses and minibuses. Now, the number stands at around 1,000. But the terminal has not been expanded in keeping with the increasing pressure of vehicles. The Tangail district council is constructing a multi-storied commercial building covering an area of 1.33 acres by the side of the terminal where some buses or minibuses are now being parked.

Municipal markets on the two sides of the terminal do not allow vehicles to be parked in front of them.

A lot of counters have come up by the sides of the terminal. Most of the buses remain parked on the east side of the terminal. This creates problems from passengers as well as ambulances carrying patients for the medical college and hospital beside the terminal.  Ambulance driver Abdul Alim said: "we have to wait a long time to cross the terminal every day while carrying critical patients to Sheikh Hasina Medical College Hospital."

A passenger told this correspondent that the relocation of terminal to the Rabna by-pass is the demand of the hour. A criminal gang has long been harassing the passengers and pedestrians in the terminal. Recently, they gang-raped a woman and beat up her husband, he added.

Rafiqul Islam, a traffic inspector (administration) in Tangail, said: "The problem of relocating the new terminal was discussed at a recent meeting of the District Law and Order Committee. The body agreed that the traffic congestion would be resolved if the terminal is shifted to a new large area."

Selim Rahman, vice-president of the Bus-Mini Sramik Samity, said: "Some places inside the terminal is occupied by illegal CNG stations. Some buses are parked at the place owned by the district council. Now, a market is being built on the place. Poura markets are on two sides of the terminal. Shop owners do not allow buses in front of the shops. So, parking has become a great problem in the terminal. If government allots some land by the side of the terminal, the problem might be eased."

Khondoker Iqbal Hossain, president of the Tangail Bus-Minibus Owners’ Association, said: "We demand that the government extend the terminal onwards. The one- way arrival and departure can help ease the congestion. The upper floors can be prepared for the rest and dining of passengers, parking, ticket counter etc."

Dr Narayan Chandra Saha, super of the nearby hospital and medical college, said: "One footbridge is urgently needed in the area. Sound pollution from the terminal  creates health hazards for patients."

Jamilur Rahman Miron, mayor of the Tangail municipality, said: "A place at the Rabna by-pass near the town has already been selected for the terminal’s relocation.  The process of relocation will be completed after acquisition of land. The gridlock will be eased if the terminal is relocated in a larger area."

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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