Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has taken an initiative to develop two bus and truck terminals in a bid to address traffic congestion and streamline the traffic movement in the port city.
Sources in the CCC Engineering Department said they have already prepared Development Project Proforma (DPP) for the works of the terminals.
The DPP has been sent to the concerned ministry for scrutiny, the sources said, adding that it will be placed for discussion this month.
The construction works of the terminals will be started from middle of this year after getting final approval from the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).
The development works will be carried out under a project titled “Development of Road Network and Bus-Truck Terminal at Different Wards of the CCC”.
Both the terminals will be developed on 8.10 acres of land at a cost of around Tk 1230.70 crore in the city’s Kulgaon and Toll Access Road areas.
Sources said thousands of passenger buses, trucks and covered vans enter and depart from the city everyday.
But, due to lack of terminal and parking facilities, the heavy vehicles are parked haphazardly here and there in the city causing severe traffic congestion on most of the busy roads.
Most of the trucks and covered vans heading towards the Chittagong Port remained stranded from the city’s Cement Crossing area to the port due to haphazard parking of vehicles on the both sides of the road.
At least 5,000 trucks and covered vans ply to and from the city everyday, the sources said.
Different organisations related to the transport sector alleged that they have been demanding for setting up terminals especially for the vehicles of long-route ones since long, but concerned authorities, including the CCC, didn’t take any effective step to address the crisis despite repeated attempts.
The sources also informed that number of long-route and inter-city vehicles increased three to four times over the last two decades. But, sufficient terminals were not developed to address the crisis.
The traffic congestion takes worse turn when homebound people start leaving the city ahead of Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Azha every year, they said.
Mentionable, there are now four bus and truck terminals in the city having capacity of parking of only 2,000 vehicles.
Md Alauddin Majumdar, a resident of the city’s Port Colony area, told the daily sun that they have to face severe traffic congestion due to unauthorised parking of vehicles on the busy road.
The traffic jam also increases during the peak hours, he said.
Chittagong Inter-district Goods Transportation Organisation (truck and covered van) General Secretary Chowdhury Jafar Ahmed told the daily sun that they have been demanding for setting up terminal for long, but the authorities concerned didn’t pay heed to their appeals.
“The CPA earlier took an initiative to develop a terminal for them in the city’s Jaliapara area, but the initiative was not implemented later,” he said.
He also alleged that the number of terminal was not increased compared to overflow of vehicles in the city.
CCC Executive Engineer Jashim Uddin said laying emphasis on the city’s traffic system they took the initiative to develop the terminals.
He said illegal parking and traffic congestion on the roads will reduce to a great extent after completion of works of the terminals..