GETTING stuck in a traffic jam nowadays is quite normal. Every day we lose hours of our valuable time because of traffic gridlock and the situation is getting from bad to worse.
Probably we shall be able to largely overcome this problem once metro rail service is in operation. Many countries in the world have introduced this service and the result is significant.
"Dhaka would be free of its terrible traffic jams in six years, with the opening of the first metro rail service", said government officials after signing a deal with consultants for design and construction.
The 20-kilometre-long metro rail from north of Uttara Model Town to Bangladesh Bank, would save an annual economic loss of Tk.200 billion. The metro rail will come at people's doorsteps," said Takao Toda, chief representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), adding that the service would drastically reduce the private cars on roads and thus decrease traffic congestion and environment pollution.
In all fairness, the government should take steps to provide metro rail service in Dhaka as soon as possible so that the people of this city can lead a rush free and easy life.
Syed Anzamul Ahsan
East West University, Dhaka