City’s traffic system collapses as BCL celebrates founding anniversary

Commuters and travelers to Dhaka city suffered greatly when the traffic system collapsed in Shahbagh and surrounding areas on Tuesday afternoon as activists and leaders of the ruling Awami League in Bangladesh Chhatra League brought out processions from various locations to join the program for the 74th anniversary of the founding of the organization. on the campus of Dhaka University.

BCL activists from different units in the city came to the Aparajeya Bangla on the DU campus for the program, which was held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.

After the talk program, BCL leaders and activists brought out another large procession blocking neighboring roads at Shahbagh Passage, creating encirclement in the region.

Patients and their assistants to and from major medical facilities such as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka University Hospital and BIRDEM General Hospital located in and around the AU campus also suffered for more than four hours due to heavy traffic jams, witnesses said.

Numerous ambulances have been seen stranded at Science Laboratory, Elephant Road, Katabon and Shahbagh, among others in the capital, due to traffic jams created by the BCL program.

Mohammad Shahid, the driver of an ambulance found stuck in a traffic jam in front of the BIRDEM general hospital, said: “I was stuck with a corpse for over 45 minutes at this location. I left the BSMMU with the body around 4:15 p.m.

“I have to go to Kamrangirchar, but I don’t know when I will reach my destination,” he added.

At Bata Signal on Elephant Road, Mannan Sheikh, who came to Dhaka from Munshiganj to attend a family reunion, said: “With my family members I started our trip from Farmgate at 2:30 pm and arrived. here at 4:15 p.m. ‘

At the Shahbagh intersection, the private car of a Siddheswari Degree College teacher was not allowed to cross the DU campus to her home in Bakshibazar.

The teacher said she needed more than two hours to reach Shahbagh from Moghbazar as the entire traffic system collapsed.

She said: “To have programs blocking the main roads is unfair. Can anyone comment on how I am going to get home? ‘

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner in the New Market Area Harun Ur Rahsid said the jam was very natural as the BCL celebrated its founding anniversary.

Referring to the weekly closure of markets in the region, he said: “Traffic jams are generally light in the region every Tuesday. We are rationing the roads by opening up alternative routes for the public to travel.

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