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Ensure better coordination in transport sector to ease people's sufferings

24 January 2023

There are allegations that the government agencies implementing transport sector projects in the capital lacked serious coordination. The problem appears to be so grave that the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) governing council had to form a committee to coordinate the transport sector projects.
The DTCA's admission in this respect came at the 16th meeting of the governing council on Sunday. Unreliably, the previous meeting was held almost one and half years ago.   
Transport experts have repeatedly pointed out how the lack of coordination among project-implementing agencies often became an impediment to implementation, necessitated changes in plan, and escalated cost. The construction of the Hanif flyover was the main obstruction to the original route of Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 in Sayedabad while Mouchak-Moghbazar flyover was an obstruction to the planned Bus Rapid Transit Line-3 between the airport and Keraniganj.
It was also decided at the meeting that construction works would be done before monsoon, and the city corporations would get prior notice before roads are dug and projects undertaken. However, similar decisions were made on earlier occasions as well. In the meeting, it was once again admitted the roads and transport sector lacked discipline.
We must say the ministers responsible for the cacophony cannot evade the responsibilities. The plight of people is for lack of poor coordination among different agencies and ministries regarding utility services and repairing of roads for many decades. Experts ask for better coordination as it save money and ease people's sufferings.

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