FLYOVERS in busiest cities are built to reduce traffic jam and road accidents. Bangladesh's largest flyover, the 11.7-km-long 'Mayor Mohammad Hanif' flyover was built connecting Gulistan with Jatrabari at a cost of Tk.21.08 billion. It is known as the most exciting development in Bangladesh transport history and is expected to help people as well as businesses by providing a free-flow movement to traffic coming and going out of the national capital. It will help vehicles from 30 southern and south-western districts reach the capital avoiding gridlocks.
Constructed on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) basis, the flyover connects with main roads and bus terminals. The four-lane flyover has six entry and seven exit points. But what has turned out be a matter of great concern is that at various points of this flyover, stairs are built for passengers to get on and off the flyover. Vehicles moving on this flyover have to stop to allow the passengers to get on and off it. This has made the place vulnerable to accidents. For example, if two buses are running on this flyover one after another at the same speed, and if one has to stop to allow passengers to get off the bus, accidents may occur causing damage to the flyover.
The authorities are requested to issue necessary orders so that no vehicle stops at any place on the flyover. It would be better if the stairs are closed permanently.
Sumon Kumar Paul
Graduate on Doctor of
Patuakhali Science &