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Bangladesh: Deaths on the roads August 27, 2011

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, GOVERNANCE.

Tareque Masud , a prominent art film maker and Mishuk Munir, a proneer electronic media organiser, died on raod crash recenly that stirred the whole nation. They were returing in a microbus from Manikgabg when a speedy bus hit them in the middle while turning a curve in a rain- soaked day. 3 more passengers were also died and few more injured including Catherine, Tarek Masud’s wife and Dali, a professor of Fine Arts of Chittagong University, the latter is in critical condition.

The deaths stirred the nation as the meritorius sons of the soil are dying without notice on the raods. The nation mourned the deaths. The event was hotly discussed in the media, the Minister of Roads and Highwyas was questiioned in the media and in the parliament. The Finance Minister answered the blames on him. Tragically, it was found that a minister not related with roads and highways is connected with the issue. He is the minister of shipping, President of labour federation. It is reported that he took 10000 licence from BRTA and issued them randomly without any formal examination and he also demanded 25000 more. He defended his position saying that if a man can identify a goat and a cow on the road, though ilitterate he can be given the driving licemce. The concept drew sarcasm from the public.

Among the causes for accidents on the roads, in addition to the illegal issuace of licence, rough/unfit roads, unfit vehicles, lack of traffic signs, denying traffic rules, lack of imposition of traffic rules, absence of punishment for major offences were found as the major causes.

The Minister for Roads and Highways defended himself saying that the Ministry of Finance didn’t release the requisite amount to work in due time. The Ministry of Finance denied the charge.

In the parliamentary session, the MPs of the same rank on the side of the government criticized the ministers on their failure to maintain the safely on the roads, control the price of essesntials, regulate the share market and maintain the law and order situation in the country. They demanded immediate termination of the failed ministers.

Prime Minister didn’t moved by the arguments of her own MPs rather she defended her concerned ministers saying that most of works thay did well except a few.

The Ministry of Roads and Highways started the repairworks and hope to start the full works after Eid.

But the people remain skeptic.

And fate of government will also be dictated by the tumbles people will suffer on the roads in the coming days.

An ordinary citizen

Post script: ‘The transit with India will be delayed due poor infrastructure in the country’ declared Finance Minister M A Muhith.


1. Garry Kirsten - September 16, 2011

This is absolutely ridiculous! This was basically civil aviation property that was illegally acquired by the BAF over the years especially during the periods of despotic regimes of Zia and Ershad.

This piece of invaluable land should be immediately returned back to the civilian authorities and immediately put to public use.

BAF should train their pilots in the airports spread all over Bangladesh except Dhaka. Their flight path over the old Tejgaon airport exposes the public to harm’s way in case of flight crashes in residential places.

In an already chaotic traffic situation that is tormenting the common people and the blame being put on the government unfairly the metrorail system is more important than a flying strip for BAF in the middle of Dhaka.

Additionally the Dhaka cantonment Roads should be opened to public transport immediately and the Dhaka cantonment relocated to another city if they refuse to do so.

No where in the world you will find a cantonment in the middle of a capital creating havoc for public commuters by restricting free movement of traffic through them.

Since we have a democratic government I would ask this government to side with the people and shut up the BAF from encroaching public property. This enormous piece of civilian property should be also made a well planned recreation centre for the city dwellers and their claustrophobic children.

The donors should also refuse to pay a dime if the metrorail course is made to bend at too many intersections due to the arrogance of the blockheads.

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