Dhaka
January 18th, 2018
Business / শিল্প-বাণিজ্য
Traffic comes to standstill in city's shopping mall areas
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Traffic at different parts of the capital, particularly in shopping mall areas, virtually came to a standstill on Monday, as the number of shoppers and vehicles significantly increased ahead of Eid, reports UNB.

All the arrangements made by the Traffic Department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police to handle traffic turned futile as the city roads were overcrowded with vehicles with the Eid shoppers moving from one mall to another.

Officials at the Traffic Department blamed the commuters for the tailback as they neither listened to the traffic police nor obeyed the traffic rules.

Traffic congestions were mostly seen in front of posh shopping malls where shoppers rushed in private cars slowing down the movement of public transports.

"Commuters are largely responsible for this disorder and the traffic congestion. You see, they hardly listen to our directives," Deputy Commissioner, Traffic (South) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Khondkar Nazmul Hasan told the news agency over phone.

"The situation has taken a turn for the worse as the number of vehicles and the movement of shoppers have increased with the Eid shopping picking up," he said.

The traffic congestion near Bashundhara City Shopping Complex turned worse as a lane has reportedly been dedicated to cars entering the posh shopping mall.

Since most city footpaths have been occupied by makeshift shops, the pedestrians and shoppers now have to walk on the main roads, contributing to the traffic jam.

New Market, Panthapath, Mouchak, Malibagh, Kakrail and Dhanmondi areas experienced severe traffic congestions as popular shopping malls are located in these areas.

Some people, however, blamed bad traffic management for the situation, saying that the increased volume of private cars is not alone responsible for the congestion.

Nazmul Hasan, however, said they were trying their best to control the situation.

"Some 550 traffic policemen have been deployed in the South Zone to handle the traffic situation, which was getting worse ahead of the Eid."