It is a matter of great pride and yet another step forward, when the first ‘Made in Bangladesh’ cars roll out in 2021.
The cars will be made with assistance from Japan’s Mitusibishi Corporation to the state-owned Pragati Industries Ltd.
This is a matter of great joy for us and naturally the price will be much less than the imported brand new or re-conditioned ones. It will enable more Bangladeshis to own their own vehicle.
This was revealed by Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun during an interview with the local private UNB news agency. The Minister said his ministry has already formulated a time-bound action plan for the development of the automobile and other industries in the country.
Indeed, the good news needs to be addressed along with several other factors to improve the traffic condition of capital Dhaka and other cities.
Unless the road vs vehicle equation is settled the new cars will become a bane for the cities. Of course Metrorail will help divert commuters from the roads, but import of new vehicles must be restricted and family wise the number of cars must be laid down.
The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) continues to be a place of open graft and tough steps must be taken to stop such practices to ensure issuing of driving license has no loopholes.
In the past week a young man seeking an urgent “non-professional” driving license paid Taka 10,000 instead of the fixed Taka 3,000. His experience is scary, to say the least.
There was no serious test to ensure safe driving, but “dalals” or agents of officials collected the money, gave him a official receipt for Taka 3,000 and asked him to collect his license on a particular date.
Thus we hope concerned authorities will ensure safe roads with skilled drivers on the wheels before crowding the streets with more vehicles — “made in Bangladesh” or not.