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POST TIME: 4 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Rising temperatures, tailbacks bring Dhaka back to its elements
Special Correspondent

Rising temperatures, tailbacks bring Dhaka back to its elements

The capital was back to its normal self with the Eid-ul-Adha holiday hangover being over. The familiar traffic congestion returned as most offices were back to full business yesterday. Traffic congestion marked the scene in almost every street. The traffic police stopped rickshaws from entering Maulana Bhasani Sarak from the Shahbagh crossing, on the plea that it was a "VIP road". Usually, rickshaws avoid the designated VIP road, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue. The sudden police directive made a puzzled woman passenger of a rickshaw going towards Shishu Park, ask since when was this part of the street merged with Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue.

As the rickshaws turned back towards the Dhaka University campus, they simply added to the traffic there, mostly rickshaws. Crowded buses were seen blocking each other's way and dropping or taking passengers in the middle of the road -- from one end of Shahbagh to the Matsya Bhavan crossing and towards the Paltan crossing. Policemen looked the other way and did not bother to pay attention to these rogue buses, they were interested only in stopping rickshaws. But some of the rickshaws were seen moving down the track declared "VIP road" after Tk.10 or Tk. 20 notes exchanged hands.

It was a hot and humid day. The city had a maximum temperature of 33.5 degrees Celsius and a relative humidity of 93 per cent in the morning, with some stray clouds. There moisture in the air was high following an overnight rain, that totaled 15mm till 6am. The day's maximum temperature in the country was 34.5, recorded in Rajshahi, despite a 46mm overnight rain till 6am.