KHULNA: Traffic congestion in most areas of Khulna city has intensified from the third week of Ramadan, causing intolerable sufferings to city dwellers, reports BSS.
Traffic Department of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) could not control the gridlocks even after taking special measures, including deploying additional traffic police and giving additional duties to its officials at significant points from the 10th days of Ramadan. Consequently, commuters as well as pedestrians got stuck on streets for hours Sunday.
People who live or do bussines in Clay road, Dawkbangla square, Borobazar, Picture Palace Intersection, Shibbari Intersection, Mazid Smawarani, New Market, Khanjahan Ali Market, KD Ghosh road, Chitrali Bazar, Khalishpur and Daulatpur Jessore road areas are the worst sufferers of the traffic congestion.
Many commuters were seen taking iftar on buses at New Market, Jessore road and Sonadanga bus terminal points Saturday as they could not reach their destinations before iftar.
The rush on the roads starts increasing from 12 pm mainly due to shopping rush and it turns into a jam-packed state from 4 pm to 10 pm as during this period, the city dwellers come out of their house for shopping.
Besides, staff and workers of different offices, factories and mills rush to their homes during this period boarding on rickshaws, easy bikes, three wheelers and other vehicles, which further make city roads jam-packed, much to cause sufferings for all.
Traffic police sources said rampant occupying of footpaths on different important roads by the hawkers and street vendors, makeshift outlets of different hotels and restaurants on the footpaths and streets are the major reasons behind traffic congestion during the month of Ramadan.
An official of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Md Imrul Hasan said the corporation has provided licenses to 17,000 rickshaws and around 2,500 battery run easy bikes, but the number of rickshaws and easy bikes are plying on city streets is over 50,000.
Talking to BSS, Assistant Commissioner of Khulna Traffic police Md Siddiqur Rahman said they continued efforts to ease sufferings to the commuters and city dwellers.