Rain may worsen Eid journey on potholed Dhaka-Tangail Highway

Dhaka,  Sat,  24 June 2017
Published : 19 Jun 2017, 22:53:56
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Rain may worsen Eid journey on potholed Dhaka-Tangail Highway

Dhaka-Tangail Highway, riddled with potholes, may turn worse following recent rainfalls, police and transport workers fear.

The road which connects northern districts to Dhaka city witnesses a heavy rush of vehicles before Holy Eid-ul-Fitr.

Four of its lanes stretching from the Gazipur intersection to the Bangabandhu Bridge (Jamuna Bridge) are under construction.

Police and transport workers fear massive gridlocks at Gaizpur intersection, Konabarhi, Chandra and Kaliakoir during the rush of vehicles carrying homebound people.

Police and the Roads and Highways Department have said their preventive measures may prove inadequate if further torrential rain occurs.

During a visit on Sunday, the road from Gazipur intersection to Bangabandhu Bridge was found narrower than normal due to constructions works.

Roads along a flyover construction site in Konabari are in shambles, forcing vehicles to slow down. A truck remained immobile for hours at Konabarhi Bazar after breaking down midway.

“The excel of a tyre broke as the road is full of potholes. We have to risk our lives to drive on these roads. Vehicles can easily roll over,” said truck driver Md Amzad Hossain.

Buses on these routes start from Dhaka’s Gabtoli and Mohakhali terminals.

‘Shamim’, a driver of Kapashia-bound Shomrat Poribahan, said he started from Mohakhali at 7am but could not cross Gazipur intersection even after six hours.

Another bus driver, Idris Ali, said most parts of Konabari were experiencing heavy traffic.

Most vehicles are slowing down to evade potholes, thus creating the jams, he said.

“The highest speed at which we can drive is 20 km per hour. So gridlocks develop very easily,” he said, according to bdnews24.com.

 
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