Around eight kilometres of the Dhaka-Narayanganj highway is reported to be badly accidental prone zone, turning the highway into a death trap especially for commuters.
Road accidents claimed the lives of around 50 people on the highway from Jatrabari to Khancpur from January to August in the running year, according to police.Police blamed desperate driving and unawareness of commuters behind the accidents.
But, local people have made only over-speeding of vehicles particularly at night responsible for the accidents.
Rashidul Islam, a local of Jatrabari, said his uncle Dulu Mia, who ran a tea stall, was killed in a road crash at Rayerbagh on August 28 night.
The six members of his uncle’s family are now going through a financial hardship, he said.
Some other local people said that vehicles are driven in a desperate speed at night.
According to information of Jatrabari and Siddhirganj Police Stations, 12 were killed in January, February and March, three in April, four in May, three in June, nine in July and 19 in August. A police officer of Jatrabari Police Station said elderly women were mostly victims in the accidents.Roads and Highways Department has traced five risky spots on eight kilometers of the highway and planned steps for solution.
Jahangir Alam, executive engineer of Narayanganj Roads and Highways office, said they planned to build u-loops and over bridges at Matuail, Shimrail, Singbaord and other parts of the highway.
Besides, eviction drive will continue to demolish illegal highway side shops and establishments.