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Keep motorcycles off footpaths, walkways: HC

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This file photo shows a motorcyclist driving on the footpath in the city to avoid waiting in the queue of vehicles.

THE High Court on Monday directed the authorities concerned to stop use of the city’s footpaths and roadside walkways by motorcyclists to ensure easy movement of the people.

The court issued a set of directives on the administrators of Dhaka City Corporation (North) and DCC (South) and the commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police to ensure safe vehicular operation and easy movement of people in the city.

The directives came in response to two writ petitions filed in the form of public interest litigation seeking necessary order on the government in this regard.

The HC ordered the DCC administrators and DMP commissioner to remove in 30 days all the hoardings and billboards from the foot overbridges which are creating obstruction for drivers of vehicles plying city roads.

The DMP commissioner has been directed to submit notifications, if issued earlier, restricting plying of rickshaws in Dhaka city during the last one year.

During the day’s hearing, the HC bench also issued a rule upon the government to explain in four weeks why it should not be directed to ensure easy movement of the people.

The authorities concerned has been asked to submit separate comprehensive reports on the number of vehicles plying in the city, total area of routes, street and pathways and number of foot overbridges.

The rule is returnable in a month.

The court also directed the government to mark zebra crossing on the routes in front of Matsya Bhaban, High Court Mazar Gate, Kadam Foara (fountain) near Jatiya Press Club area and in front of Institute of Engineers of Bangladesh in 15 days.

The directives also include deployment of sufficient number of traffic police at the crossings.

Two Supreme Court lawyers – KM Zabir and Aynun Nahar Siddiqua – filed the petitions in August and October last year.

Communications secretary, home secretary, inspector general of police, DCC administrators, deputy commissioner and joint commissioner of DMP (traffic) and chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority have been made respondents of the rule.


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