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22 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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HC asks for master plan to reduce traffic jam in Dhaka

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the authorities concerned to draw a master plan involving experts in order to reduce traffic congestion of the capital city Dhaka. In response to public interest litigation, the HC bench comprising Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi also asked the authorities to submit the master plan before it within three months. Secretaries of home, planning, roads and highway, finance and environment ministries, chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), mayors of the two Dhaka city corporations, inspector general of police (IGP) and deputy commissioner of the Dhaka have been made respondents to implement the HC order.  The public interest litigation filed by Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Ishrat Hasan on May 15 seeking its directives on the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to remove the traffic jam in the capital city. Advocate Ishrat Hasan submitted the petition as public-interest litigation to the HC also praying to this court to pass order on the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to remove the traffic jam in the capital city. The petitioner also sought HC rule upon the authorities concerned to explain why their failure to eliminate the traffic jam in Dhaka should not be declared illegal.

Advocate Ishrat told that 50 lakh work hours’ time is reportedly wasted in Dhaka everyday due to severe traffic jam and therefore, huge amount of money meant for around Tk37,000 crore is lost.

Give Tk 5 lakh to Russel by July 28: HC

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The High Court yesterday directed the Green Line Paribahan authorities to give Tk five lakh of first installment by July 28 to Russel Sarker, who lost his leg after being hit by a company bus in April last year. The HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the order following a time prayer made by newly appointed lawyer of Green Line Paribahan's Advocate Shah Monjurul Haque.

During the hearing, the senior lawyer told the court that he has been engaged as a lawyer for the bus service company recently and he is yet to properly communicate with the company. He also urged the court to start the final hearing on the rule issued by it earlier in this regard.

Then, the HC bench asked the lawyer to give first installment by July 28 and submit a compliance report before it on the same day. The bus service company is supposed to give more Tk 45 lakh to Russel in Tk 5 lakh installment per month but the company did not pay any installment after the HC passed the order on June 25.

On Green Line’s failure to compensate Russell, its lawyer Advocate Md Ozi Ullah withdrew himself as its legal representative on July 16.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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