Traffic in the capital returned to its old look as school-goers stepped out to go to their institutions in the mornings and return home in the afternoons. The streets seemed crowded during these hours regularly again.
With schools being reopened from the beginning of the week, almost all activities that were halted due to the pandemic, have now resumed to function at full swing. Due to this, the roads of Dhaka were seen heavily congested, similar to the pre-pandemic era.
Heavy traffic was noticed in different roads of the capital on Monday morning. A significant amount of traffic was noticed in Dhanmondi, Shatmashjit Road, Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Shantinagar, Azimpur, Mogbazar and Mohakhali.
Additionally, rickshaws and private cars in the inner lanes, in front of schools and colleges resulted in massive congestions.
Bus driver Mohammad Motin said that the number of private cars on each road is much higher than the last few days.
“Rickshaw passengers have been seen getting on and off from in front of schools and colleges. It is also office time, so there is extra pressure on every bus for office going people as well as students and parents,” he said.
Hafiz Ahmed came from Mohammadpur to Gulshan-2 via Tejgoan at 1:30pm on a bus. He told this correspondent that the entire stretch of the road was almost congested. The number of private cars is more on every road compared to last week, and this is due to the schools being reopened.
He said, “Students and parents of different schools and colleges have been getting off from busses in the vicinity of their institutions in different stops. This has significantly slowed down the pace of the bus I was travelling in.”
Asraf Uddin, a ride share provider was waiting on for his passenger on his motorcycle in the Dhanmondi area. While he waited, he told this correspondent that Dhanmondi is home to several schools and almost all the families have at least one student.
“I saw many students occupy the roads in the morning. There are also parents with many of them. Hence, the number of private cars and rickshaws on the road has increased,” he said.
He also shared that cars were being stopped in every lane to drop off students. Due to this, altogether, the traffic jam in the capital was severe since the morning and during the afternoon.
Shazia Sultana, mother of a 12 year old school-going son, told this correspondent that she could not anticipate the amount of traffic she faced while dropping her son off to school.
“We were almost late for his class. We need to leave the house with more time in hand like before in order to reach in time having gone through such traffic,” she said.
Since all the public transport are now operating in the capital from August 19, heavy traffic jams have been a daily occurrence. However, after the schools and colleges reopened after 543 days, an extra burden of vehicles and rickshaws were seen plying on the roads.
Students getting up and down from different stops from public and private transports resulted into heavy traffic congestions and lead to slowness in public transport.