Staff Correspondent
Dhaka city dwellers suffered traffic gridlocks on Sunday. Police were seen struggling to manage traffic throughout the day.
Transport and urban experts think the government should take pragmatic steps to ensure sufficient mass transport, restore discipline in the transport sector, reduce the use of private and small vehicles, replace the microbuses and minibuses with single-decker, double-decker and articulated buses and expand the city to significantly ease the traffic jam without spending huge money.
The experts also said the railways and waterways can also be used effectively to ease traffic pressure on roads and facilitate the commuters hassle-free transportation services.
According to a World Bank report, in the last 10 years, the average traffic speed in Dhaka has dropped from 21 kilometres per hour (kmph) to 7 kmph, and by 2035, the speed might drop to 4kmph, which is slower than the walking speed.