Bangladesh's capital Dhaka is facing an acute transport crisis. With its 12,000 two-stroke autorickshaws and tempos being sent off the road, there are no vehicles to replace the banned fleet.
Consequently, commuters have been left stranded. In fact, they are being taken for a ride as transport operators are charging hefty fares. Their plight is aggravated when taxicabs say a flat "no" to short trips. In an attempt to mitigate their suffering, the government has decided to make the installation of meters in autos mandatory. But the rule is still not in place.
Worse still, despite several anti-pollution measures the skyline of the city remains hazy. Environment minister Shahjahan Siraj had earlier made it obligatory for both diesel and petrol-run vehicles to install catalytic converters. However, not all vehicles are abiding by the regulation. Another flaw is that air quality monitoring stations are being planned in comparatively clean pockets instead of places which are crowded and vulnerable.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.