Dhaka needs 25% roads, but has only 9%: Home Minister
Dhaka, Feb 12: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that 25 percent roads are needed in the capital Dhaka but there are only nine percent roads.
He said this in response to a supplementary question by Shafiqul Islam Shimul in the National Parliament on Sunday. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the occasion.
Shafiqul Islam Shimul's question was, cars move so well in foreign countries, where there is no traffic police. The car drives beautifully on the road. When we go to the cantonment area there is a nice traffic. Such an environment in Bangladesh through the signal light, even if we make laws, will we take effective action or not?
In response, the Home Minister said that two crore people live in Dhaka. A city needs at least 25 percent of roads to be vehicular and to maintain traffic flow. There we have only nine percent. It could be 9.5 percent if the elevated expressway is added. We have a road crisis.
He said, "We gave it once on a trial basis. In that we saw a scene of Mahajat. So we moved away and came up with another plan. We started working on how we can bring in more lighting systems with two city mayors joining us. We may start in some places in phases very soon. Later, maybe we will bring the entire Dhaka to that system."