Mega projects like elevated expressway taken to ease traffic congestion in the capital will only worsen the situation, says an urban planner.
“Flyovers or elevated expressways will intensify traffic problem in the capital,” Prof Dr Sarwar Jahan, a teacher at Urban and Regional Planning Department at Buet, told a discussion in the city.
Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) and Walk for a Better Bangladesh Trust jointly organised the discussion on mass transportation at the Jatiya Press Club.
Lamenting that the city has no guardian right now, Dr Sarwar Jahan said private cars must be checked in the city and the government should develop small and medium towns in the country to reduce traffic congestion.
“If the civic amenities, including education and health, could be ensured in other towns, the mounting pressure on Dhaka city will be minimized,” he said.
Poba chairman Abu Naser Khan said people are showing their growing interest in buying private cars for lack of mass transport in the sprawling city.
He said the traffic situation cannot be improved without developing a mass transport system.
WBB Trust director Syed Mahbubul Alam, former additional director general of the Department of Environment (DoE) Engr Abdus Sobhan, chairman of the Institute of Development Studies Dr Mustafizur Rahman and Poba joint secretary Hafizur Rahman Moyna, among others, spoke at the discussion.