National Road Safety Day tomorrow

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DHAKA, Oct 21, 2020 (BSS) – The National Road Safety Day will be observed in a befitting manner in the country tomorrow.

This year’s theme of the day is: ‘Mujib Borsher Swapath, Sarak Karbo Nirapad”.

The Road Transport and Bridges Ministry has drawn up various programmes including souvenir publication, discussion and road safety campaign. A discussion will be held at BRTA Bhaban in Banani at 10.30 am.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the virtual event as the chief guest while Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will preside over it.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today issued separate messages on the eve of the National Road Safety Day to be observed for the fourth time in the country.

The President, in his message, said there is no alternative to advanced transport facilities for sustainable economic and social development.

He said it is urgent to ensure road safety along with developing the country’s road infrastructures in the country. As the government is committed to reduce road accidents and financial losses, the government has taken various measures to prevent road accidents, he added.

The President said steps have been taken to upgrade the national highways to four-lane and construct expressways, mass rapid transit and bus rapid transit.

He said that multifaceted initiatives and programmes, including upgrading other highways to four or more than four lanes, construction of flyovers and overpasses, making traffic signs and road markings, construction of restrooms beside highways, imparting training to drivers, have been taken.

He urged all concerned including voluntary organizations, private establishments, teachers and guardians to extend cooperation to the government in taking forward the road safety activities for the sake of the country’s development and progress.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said after the independence, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had built a proper transportation system within a short time by repairing and reconstructing the war-ravaged roads across the country.

The premier said the government is putting emphasis on strengthening road safety side by side with making massive development of the country’s road transport system.

Following the footsteps of Bangabandhu, the Awami League government has been implementing massive programmes to build a developed road communication infrastructure in the country, she said, adding that the present government has extended the network of highways to 21,302,08 kilometers, upgraded 453,07 kilometers of national highways to four-lane, constructed or reconstructed 1209 bridges, 5581 culverts, 18 flyovers/overpasses and 27 underpasses.

The Prime Minister has urged all, including transport owners, workers, passengers and pedestrians to work from their respective position along with the government to prevent road accidents.

The President and the Prime Minister wished success of all programmes of the day.

In observance of the day, leaflets, posters and stickers will be distributed to make aware the transport owners, drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

The day will also be observed at district and upazila levels through holding discussions and screening of awareness raising documentaries.