Obaidul Masum, bdnews24.com
Published: 2018-04-26 14:49:26 BdST
People are now forced to jaywalk across the Airport Road—one of the busiest roads in Dhaka.
Commuters from different areas, including Baridhara DOHS, Shewra, Joar Sahara, Kuril and Kalachandpur use the Shewra bus-stop as a hub to commute in different directions.
The footbridge was seen removed although stairs on both sides existed when the reporter visited the site on Wednesday.
Locals said the authorities have begun removal of the footbridge since Monday.
Commuters were seen waiting on both sides of the busy road or jaywalking, putting their lives at risk.
Some drivers were also seen slowing down allowing people to jaywalk.
“It is so risky to cross this wide road on foot with fast-moving vehicles and high road dividers,” said Jaane Alam who has been awaiting long to cross the road with his daughter.
“But we have no other options. They should have arranged alternate means to cross the road,” said Alam, a resident of Kalachandpur.
Shajahan Saju, a resident of DOHS, said accidents could happen any time on the road, especially at night when visibility is low.
No traffic police officers were present on the scene when people crossed the road.
A deputy inspector of traffic at Shewra bus-stop said they had no clue about the removal of the pedestrian bridge while also admitting it is very hard for people to cross the road, especially for old people, women and children. He mentioned that traffic clogs due to the stream of jaywalkers.
The bridge had been set up by the Roads and Highway Department.
Engineer Synthia Azmeri Khan of the department said it has been removed to make room for the construction of Dhaka Elevated Expressway and will be replaced by another bridge to be built near Banarupa Residential Area.
“Another footbridge will be built 50 metres away from the site of the old bridge,” said Dhaka Elevated Expressway Project Director Kazi Mohammad Ferdous.
“We thought of constructing the new bridge before removing the one at Shewra; however, construction work for the elevated expressway has begun earlier, compelling us to remove the bridge.”