Rickshaw ban protesters block Rampura road
A road in Rampura was blocked on Tuesday morning in protest against the decision of banning rickshaws on three major thoroughfares of the capital, including the Kuril-Sayedabad one, reports UNB.
Abdul Kuddus Fakir, officer-in-charge of Rampura police station, said several hundred rickshaw-pullers took to the streets and put barricades on both carriageways in front of Better Life Hospital around 8:30am.
Following the road blockade, huge tailbacks were created on both sides of the road, inflicting sufferings on commuters.
Office-goers and students of different schools and colleges were the worst sufferers as they got stuck in the gridlock.
Many were seen walking to reach their destinations.
On 3 July, a special committee, formed with Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon as its head, decided that three major streets would be made off-limits to rickshaws, in a bid to ease traffic congestion in the capital.
At a meeting, a special committee, formed with DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon as its head decided to ban the plying of rickshaws on three major thoroughfares from 7 July in an effort to ease the growing traffic congestion.
The three roads are Kuril-Sayedabad road by Rampura and Khilgaon, Gabtoli to Azimpur via Asad Gate and Science Laboratory intersection to Shahbagh intersection.