Chittagong City Corporation, Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) will work together to reduce traffic congestion in Chittagong city. These three organizations will start initial operations within a week.
A tripartite meeting between the City Corporation, CMP and BRTA was held at the City Corporation head office on Thursday (January 18). In the meeting, B-Track Solutions outlined the pilot project for introducing pay-parking in Agrabad, Chittagong.
The City Mayor commented that modernizing the parking system is necessary to reduce the traffic congestion. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury.
In the meeting, Mayor Rezaul said, “Because there is not enough parking space in the city, many people are parking their cars everywhere, even though there are enough roads, traffic jams are being created at some points of the city.” To solve this problem, I have been trying to form public opinion in favor of pay-parking for a long time. If technology-based pay-parking is introduced based on the opinion of all the concerned institutions, the traffic congestion in the city will be reduced a lot. In the light of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s plan to build a smart Bangladesh, we will launch a smart pay-parking system.
It was informed in the meeting that a pilot project will be launched initially at any one location from Agrabad Commercial Area and Wasa Junction to Sholashar Railway Station on January 23 by conducting a joint survey by City Corporation, CMP and Btrack Solutions.
Sheikh Muhammad Tauhidul Islam, Chief Executive Officer of the City Corporation said, “We will make public notices and microphones to make people aware if necessary to popularize pay-parking.”
Rafiqul Islam Manik, Chief Engineer of City Corporation, sought the cooperation of CMP and BRTA in decentralizing public transport and controlling battery rickshaws in addition to starting pay-parking.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Abdul Mannan Mia Chasik welcomed the initiative of starting paid parking and said, “In the case of the project, the safety of the parked vehicles should be ensured and manpower should be employed through outsourcing the project requirements.”
BRTA Director Shafikuzzaman Bhuya said, ‘BRTA is doing route rationalization to establish order in the transport system in the city. Congestion in the city will be reduced if each class of vehicle can be ensured to use each route.