With the opening of the a great deal-awaited Padma Bridge, the traffic congestion in the money Dhaka is likely to come to be severer due to a absence of scheduling and initiatives, governing administration officers and industry experts mentioned.
The Padma Bridge is aimed at improving conversation concerning Dhaka and 21 south-western districts, but urban transport system gurus say site visitors gridlock in and around Dhaka could produce an obstacle to reaching the purpose.
Ring roadways about the funds ought to have been created when constructing the bridge to cope with added targeted traffic actions in the money, they reported.
Diversion of targeted visitors, they extra, by ring streets surrounding the cash would have been the most powerful alternative to the new predicament.
Bangladesh Bridge Authority has applied the 6.15-kilometre street-cum-railway bridge amongst Mawa position in Munshiganj and Janjira level in Shariatpur to connect the funds with the south-western districts of the region.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the bridge on June 25 and it will be open to site visitors at 6:00am the subsequent working day.
The automobiles from south-western districts will now use the Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga expressway and enter Dhaka from Jatrabari making use of the Mayor Mohammed Hanif Flyover.
Roads and Highways Section Dhaka Zone supplemental main engineer Md Sabuj Uddin Khan advised New Age that enormous congestion could possibly be found at Jatrabari issue.
At the primary exit position at Chankharpool there remained only two toll booths whilst there must be 6 a lot more booths, he mentioned, incorporating that site visitors congestion has now grow to be a standard scene there.
‘This predicament will transform severer when the Padma Bridge will be inaugurated and the flyover can be packed till Postogola Bridge,’ he included.
Bangladesh University of Engineering Technologies professor and a previous Accident Analysis Institute director Md Shamsul Hoque informed New Age that the Padma Bridge would have a immediate influence on the Dhaka website traffic problem.
In Dhaka, a lot more men and women would now come from these districts, extra private and items-laden autos would come and even some cars would cross Dhaka to use Padma Bridge as an alternative of working with the Dhaka-Aricha corridor, he reported.
‘This direct connectivity will multiply the website traffic congestion in the funds,’ he said.
Dhaka has already been grappling with major targeted traffic congestion even though new targeted visitors from the bridge will result in congestion at 10 gateways of the funds, like at Buriganga Bridge, Bosila and Hanif flyover, Shamsul said.
He emphasised the completion of ring streets bordering the capital.
‘These roads must have been concluded previously. The construction of these roads is now challenging at present owing to land acquisition,’ he claimed, incorporating, ‘not only for the bridge but also for bypassing cars from Dhaka these streets at peripheries are incredibly required.’
The Revised Strategic Transportation Plan for 2015 to 2035, which was approved in August 2016, envisaged separating intra-funds targeted traffic stream from inter-district targeted visitors by the construction of a 73km inner ring road, 108km center ring highway and 129km outer ring street passing via the capital’s flood movement zones.
The interior ring road would give a new route to commuters all over the funds, Teramukh-Abdullahpur-Gabtoli-Rayerbazar-Babu Bazar-Sadarghat-Fatullah-Chashara-Signboard-Shimrail-Demra-Jap Bypass and on the way stretches of it would go by the Balu River in the east and the Burignga River in the south.
The center ring highway has been prepared to create a route alongside Outpura-Dhaka Bypass-Bhulta-Kanchpur-Jhilmil-Western Bypass.
Planned to run along the capital’s outer periphery the outer ring highway would generate a new website traffic route linking Hemayetpur-Kalakandi-Madanpur-Danga-Bypail-Gazipur.
SM Salehuddin, the then executive director of Dhaka Transport Coordination Board, informed New Age that when the authorities experienced started off to build the Padma Bridge they must have also commenced to put together other infrastructures to aid the vehicular motion in the direction of the money.
‘Dhaka will face complications from two sides – elevated targeted traffic congestion and presence of substantial men and women coming by crossing the bridge each day,’ he noticed.
Salehuddin said that as the bridge would minimize the journey time from 21 districts to Dhaka considerably several folks would attempt to enter Dhaka and return on the identical day expanding the existence of people and autos in the funds.
Salehuddin, who is also a person of the consultants of the Bus Route Rationalisation committee, advised the construction of inner and outer ring roadways immediately to bypass the strain of autos from Dhaka.
Permission for motor vehicles to enter the capital, taking care of the quantity of merchandise-carrying trucks coming from other districts and ban on opening any new market, offices and academic institutions in Dhaka and shifting distinct services to other districts may perhaps support, he added.
Jahangirnagar College city and regional setting up professor Akter Mahmud said that when the bridge would be inaugurated the number of automobiles coming from south-western districts would boost for Dhaka and its adjacent districts.
Akter, also a previous president of the Bangladesh Institute of Planners, claimed that the government must construct internal and specially the middle ring streets straight away to bypass the automobiles.
He pointed out that the moment the four-lane up-gradation functions on the Dhaka-Aricha highway ended up completed force on vehicles would raise further in the cash.
Dhaka Transportation Coordination Authority government director Neelima Akhter mentioned that they experienced proposed setting up ring roads in the Revised Strategic Transportation Plan even though no analysis or feasibility experiments were conducted to his conclude so much.
The Roads and Highways Office was performing with the internal ring street but until now no funding source was verified, she stated.
‘We are likely to hold a conference with all stakeholders on June 19 to go over the transportation technique, site visitors diversion and preparing following the Padma Bridge inauguration,’ Neelima stated.
Roads and Highways Department Dhaka Zone added chief engineer Md Sabuj Uddin Khan reported that they experienced concluded a feasibility analyze to construct the interior ring road in 2017.
Considering that then RHD started out to look for money from donor organizations but till now no donor company agreed to finance the undertaking, he said.
RHD supplemental secretary Md Yousub Ali Mollah reported that a conference of the street transportation and bridges ministry on June 9 directed the division to restore the connecting roads about Dhaka to bypass the targeted visitors.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s added commissioner for visitors, Md Munibur Rahman, reported that they had some plans to regulate the website traffic that would come via Padma Bridge.
They would divert the Chattogram-sure automobiles via Postogola Bridge and then to a connecting street in the direction of Narayanganj by way of Pagla, he reported.
Throughout peak hrs, he reported, they would divert Motijheel/Ramna-certain vehicles by streets at Doyaganj below the Mayor Hanif Flyover.
The flyover would carry the motor vehicles to unique instructions like Nimtoli, Gabtoli, Motijheel and Bishwa Road, he ongoing.
Products-laden autos would run during off-peak hrs by the metropolis when they would also let some inter-district buses to cross the town throughout these hours, he explained.
The additional commissioner hoped that when an under-development bridge on the river Sitalaykhya would be completed the tension on Dhaka would cut down.
Munibur, even so, additional that they experienced no program to raise manpower at Jatrabari point to handle extra targeted traffic.