RAJSHAHI, Feb 12, 2019 (BSS)- Youth organizations and members of the
civil societies have unanimously called for launching digital traffic signal
in all points of the city to discipline the road traffic system.
They mentioned that the existing automatic traffic signal system has
become almost ineffective in the metropolis posing a serious threat to the
public transports movement together with the pedestrian.
They made this observation while addressing a human-chain-cum-street-
corner meeting at Shaheed AHM Kamaruzzaman Crossing in the city yesterday.
Youth Action for Social Change (YASC) and Bangladesh Resource Centre
for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK) jointly organized the programme putting
forward a thirteen-point demand.
Chaired by YASC President Shamiul Alim Shaon, the meeting was addressed,
among others, by BARCIK Regional Coordinator Shahidul Islam, YASC General
Secretary Nazmul Islam and its Women and Children Affairs Secretary Fatema
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) had established the signal system at 21
important points out of 30 at a cost of around Tk 1.5 crore in three phases
Currently, traffic division of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) has
been managing the city’s traffic manually causing indiscriminate traffic
movement and huge congestion at different crossings and intersections
Basically, the traffic police face a great trouble in traffic management
due to excessive mechanized and manual transports on the city streets
alongside non-functional of automatic system and haphazard parking.
To mitigate the problem, promoting digital traffic system and enforcement
of traffic law has become indispensable, they added.
After the human chain the organizers handed over memorandum to RCC Mayor,
RMP Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner to press home their demands.