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Light rain triggers heavy gridlock in Dhaka

UNB . Dhaka
19 Mar 2023 17:53:46 | Update: 19 Mar 2023 18:08:57
Light rain triggers heavy gridlock in Dhaka
— TBP File Photo

Commuters in Dhaka remained stuck for hours in an unusual traffic jam on Sunday morning after light rain lashed the capital.

Students and office-goers suffered immensely due to the traffic chaos at several points in Dhaka, including Tongi, Uttara, Airport, Mohakhali, Bijoy Sarani and Bangla Motor areas. Vehicles were seen stranded for hours on these roads in the morning.

Apart from the rain, VVIP movement and construction work of a footbridge in front of the Jamuna Future Park caused the traffic gridlock, a senior traffic officer (north division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) told UNB preferring anonymity.

He said they were working to ease the traffic movement.

Shakawat Hossain Shipon, a private service holder, said he went out of his Gazipur residence to go to Noakhali in the early morning but could not reach the Abdullahpur bus stand even after around two and a half hours.

“I do not know when I will be able to reach home as vehicles remained stranded on the road for hours,” he said.