Students of various schools on the highway demanding regulation of private vehicles. Image – Voice of Time.
Students of different schools of the capital took to the streets demanding control of private vehicles. According to them, a private car on the road takes up one percent space and transports 2.20 people. On the other hand, buses occupy 2 percent space and carry 44.20 passengers. That is, private cars occupy more space on the road, transport fewer passengers and cause traffic congestion.
So private cars have to be controlled.
All those students participated in the awareness rally organized on the occasion of World Private Car Free Day- 2022 on the occasion of ‘control fuel consumption and traffic congestion, keep private cars limited’. The rally ends from Dhanmondi Junction 27 to Abahani Sports Ground. Rayer Bazar High School, Dhaka Ideal Cadet School, Dhanmondi Kachikantha High School, Ali Hossain Balika Vidyalaya, Chayatal Bangladesh, Institute of Wellbeing Bangladesh, Carfree Cities Alliance Bangladesh and Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB) Trust organized the programme.
Dhaka North City Corporation Ward 34 Councilor Sheikh Mohammad Hossain Khokon, HealthBridge Foundation of Canada Regional Director Debra Ifrimson, WBB Trust Senior Project Manager Ziaur Rahman, Dhanmondi Kachikantha High School Principal HM Nurul Islam spoke in the program under the chairmanship of WBB Trust Director Gaus Peary. Dhaka Ideal Cadet School Headmaster MA Mannan Monir, Rayer Bazar High School Assistant Teacher Tahajjot Hossain, Cycle Lane Implementation Council President Aminul Islam Tubbus etc.
Speakers in the program said that in spite of various obstacles in Dhaka city, about 90 percent of travel is done by public transport. Therefore, the public transport system should be developed rapidly. At the same time private cars should be controlled to reduce pollution, traffic congestion, negative impact of climate change and dependence on fuel oil. They called for the development of an integrated transport management, giving priority to walking, cycling and public transport systems.
Urbanist Ian Jacobs gave the first idea about car control in his book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’, speakers said. After that, from 1962, Copenhagen, Denmark, stopped cars on the road and opened it to pedestrians only. Private car regulation gained momentum during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Today, World Car Free Day is celebrated in more than 4,000 cities around the world.
Since 2006, World Private Car Free Day has been celebrated in Dhaka by private initiative. Since 2016, the day has been celebrated under the leadership of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority under the joint initiative of various government and private organizations. Although the day has been celebrated since 2016, no permanent initiative has been taken so far. In such a situation, it is necessary to declare the day as a national day and take initiatives for pedestrian movement and socialization by completely banning private vehicles on certain roads.