Dhaka, Bangladesh
Plea to widen main road at Kalyanpur

Plea to widen main road at Kalyanpur

News Report Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has planned to widen Kalyanpur Maid Road to ease movement of transports and pedestrians. The population of Kalyanpur, Paikpara and Pirerbagh has increased manifolds in the last 10 years. The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has taken up some initiatives to beautify and widen roads and by-lanes in some parts of the city, sources said. Some areas at Mirpur like Kalyanpur, Kazipara, Senpara, Parbata and Shewrapara have grown in unplanned way over the years. Against this backdrop, local commissioner of ward number 11 Dewan Abdul Mannan has planned to widen some roads at Kalyanpur and Plea to widen main road From Page 16 Col. 8 Paikpata areas. He motivated local residents of Paikpara and Kalyanpur to widen roads and by-lanes and make the ward 11 a planned, modern and beautiful city. In the 1970, 80 and 90s, Kalyanpur and Paikpara grew haphazardly under the very nose of the former Dhaka Improvement Trust (DIT) and Rajuk. Roads are very narrow and at some points, car and rickshaws can't cross each other. He recently held several meetings with local residents of Kalyanpur and Paikpara Kalyanpur and sought their cooperation in widening the roads and by-lanes in the areas. According to one estimate, some two lakh people live at Kalynapur and Paikapara areas. A good number of developers are now constructing high-rise buildings in the areas. 20 years back, the number of vehicles was few. Nowadays the number has increased manifolds. The movement of pedestrians has also increased. Some 10 years ago, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) authorities constructed some 100 shops at the depot. The road between Kalyanpur bus stand and Natunbazar is 20 feet wide and it needs to be widened up to 30 feet to ease traffic movement. According to an estimate, some 6/7 lakh residents live at Kalyanpur, Paikpara and Pirerbagh. The movement of vehicles has also increased in the areas. The number of pedestrians has also increased. Some 10 years ago, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) authorities constructed 100 shops at its depot at Kalyanpur. Now hawkers have illegally occupy some parts of the narrow Kalyanpur Main Road creating traffic jam. Girls, women and old men can't walk through the Kalyanpur Main Road as hawkers occupy some parts of the road. DNCC and Rajuk should evict the hawkers and rehabilitate them at some other places, locals said. Tariqul Alamgir, a marine engineer, said some local influential persons have rented the footpath and part of the road to vendors and collecting toll. He demanded immediate shifting of the makeshift shops to ease movement of pedestrians and vehicles. A good number of developers are now constructing high-rise buildings in the area. The number of residents is on rise there. In 2005, the then local commissioner Shamim Parvez took initiatives to widen inner roads of the locality. The entire Kalyanpur are has grown in an unplanned way. People constructed building in the 70s and 80s and in even 90s without keeping space for widening the roads. Local people hope that Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAUK) and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) would take initiatives to widen Kalyanpur Main Road and bylanes. Residents of Kalyanpur area have demanded widening of Kalyanpur Main Road as unauthorized establishments and parking of rickshaws have caused sufferings to pedestrians and smooth movement of transports. Kaniz Fatema, a local resident of Kalyanpur area, while talking to this correspondent said that Rajdhani Unnayna Kartripakkha (RAUK) and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) should take initiatives to widen Kalyanpur Main Road and the inner roads.

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