Losing working hours for traffic jam at industrial zones

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Bangladesh Garments Manufacturing and Exporters Association (BGMEA) wants quick solution of traffic jam at garments industrial zones. BGMEA president Siddiqur Rahman said, “We are losing working hours due to traffic jam at Ashulia, Gazipur, Chittagong and Narayanganj economic zones”.

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He also said, “The government has ordered all the ports including the port of Chittagong to remain open for 24 hours for 7 days of the week to ease the export activities. The government has taken several positive steps at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport which has reduced the lead time”, he added.

Figure 1: Number of garments industry list in the industrial zones.  Source; Industrial Police
Figure 1: Number of garments industry list in the industrial zones. Source; Industrial Police

According to the Industrial Police of Bangladesh, industrial sector is playing a vital role in the development of Bangladesh. The contribution of industry to the GDP is around 28%, which is on the rise. About 81% of total export earnings come from the ready-made garment industry. Near 3500 factory are situated in above mentioned industrial zones.

Figure2: Traffic Jam at highway road.
Figure2: Traffic Jam at highway road.

According to BGMEA, the government should take proper decision about transport problem especially in 4 lanes in Ashulia and Gazipur highway. A garments owner shared his experience saying that it took him 4 hours to reach Ashulia through Nobinagar-Chandra highway bypass due to traffic jam.

A foreigner visiting Bangladesh for the textile industry told this reporter that he started to reach a factory in Rajendrapur, Gazipur from Gulshan by 6.45 AM and he could reach the factory by 1.30 PM. He wondered how Bangladesh will be able to cope with such adverse traffic condition.

Another high official of a global company visiting Bangladesh for textile business told this reporter that he didn’t dare to visit the factories being aware of bad traffic conditions and decided to do meetings sitting in the hotels in Dhaka. He told to Textile Today that I am so unfortunate that I could not see Bangladeshi textile and garment factories even after reaching Dhaka.

A traffic police said,“Since midnight, the traffic jam was started to become severe but the situation is getting back to normal now. Traffic police, highway police, and local police are working restlessly round the clock to manage this traffic situation”, he added.

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