Our correspondent in Dhaka
Dhaka South City Corporation has banned all non-mechanical vehicles, including battery-run rickshaws and vans that were mechanized by adding motor-battery-engines, from plying on the streets.
Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh made the announcement and imposed the restriction from Sunday. He warned of tougher legal actions against plying of such vehicles, which are a public nuisance in the capital city.
The mayor made it clear while addressing a programme of registration, renewal and change of ownership of rickshaws, vans, wheelbarrows and horse carts on Nagar Bhaban premises on Sunday.
“Many poets have described the city of Dhaka as a ‘City of Rickshaws’…It is our tradition, we are re-registering and renewing the slow-moving non-mechanical vehicles that we have, including rickshaws to bring order on the road through this.”
No other non-mechanical vehicles will be allowed except for those registered ones, he said.
“As a result, we will determine which road will be used by slow moving vehicles, and which road will be used by fast moving vehicles,” he added.
This is not just a registration process, this process is the first step towards the plan to build a moving Dhaka as described in the election manifesto, he added.
On the occasion, the mayor also collected applications for a horse-drawn carriage and a rickshaw for conservation and display in the corporation area on behalf of the corporation.
The Corporation has already issued a public notice for registration, renewal or change of ownership of non-mechanical vehicles in the areas covered by DSCC.
Applications can be collected and submitted during office hours from September 13 to September 26 at the office of the Department of Purchasing and Purchasing of Nagar Bhaban and Regional Offices for 100 taka each.