City dwellers getting benefits of DNCC’s U-turns
Published: 11:11 AM, 10 May 2021 Updated: 01:19 PM, 10 May 2021
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The city dwellers are getting the benefits of U-turn built at different places of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) in the capital. Although the traffic congestion has not been brought under control, however, the suffering has been alleviated to a great extent.
The 10 U-turns built at the initiative of DNCC was opened on April 3 in front of Uttara Rajlaxmi, Uttara RAB-1 office, Flying Club Kawla, Banani Overpass, in front of Banani Army Stadium, Banani Chairman Bari, Mohakhali Amtali, in front of Mohakhali Bus Terminal, Tejgaon Nabisco intersection and Saatraasta’s BG Press area.
If the drivers and passengers know the proper use of U-turn, then the traffic congestion will be further reduced. “The vehicles no longer have to wait for going to the opposite side due to the U-turns,” say the drivers of this route.
Visiting Banani Chairman Bari area, it was seen that there is no need to wait for the traffic signal to go on the opposite side of the road. The small buses are also turning effortlessly through the U-turns.
“U-turns has given us many benefits. Now, we don’t have to wait for long in traffic congestion,” said Tanvir Ahmed, a motorcyclist plying on this route
The same picture is in front of BG Press in Tejgaon and at Kohinoor Chemical Junction in Nabisco in the capital. Vehicles in other lanes do not have to slow down as the road on this side is a bit wide.
Jamil Mia, a CNG-powered autorickshaw driver on the route, said it used to take a long time to take a U-turn, but now it doesn’t. However, since the previous turns have not closed, the dwellers have to wait to get 100% benefits, he added.
Engineer Kamrul Islam, project director of the DNCC project, said U-turn is effective in reducing traffic congestion. Success has come in all places in its implementation. In order to reduce traffic congestion, it is very important to “follow the rules and regulations” on the road and not just rely on these, he added.