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Govt to set up rest rooms for drivers along highways, Quader tells JS

SANGSAD BHABAN, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul

Quader today told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government has taken initiatives to set up rest

rooms for longroute drivers and parking stations on four key highways of the country.

The rest rooms and parking stations will be built at Nimsar area in Cumilla alongside the Dhaka

Chattogram Highways, at Jagadishpur area in Habiganj alongside the DhakaSylhet Highways, at

Pachila area in Sirajganj alongside DhakaRangpur Highways and Laxmikanda area in Magura

alongside the DhakaKhulna Highways, he said.

The minister was replying a starred question made by Jatiya Party lawmaker Md Mujibul Haque

at the House here on the government initiatives to reduce road accidents.

Quader also said as a part of creating 100,000 skilled drivers by five years, training of 8,000

drivers will be completed by this month and training of more 36,000 drivers will be completed by

2022 under the Skills for Employment and Investment Project (SEIP).

Besides, a Detailed Project Profile (DPP) has been prepared for approval of a separate project for

creating 300,000 drivers for heavy vehicles by the next five years, the minister added.

On the other hand, plying of threewheelers and other nonmechanized vehicles was banned on

22 national highways, he said.

Responding to a supplementary question made by treasury bench lawmaker Saifuzzaman

Shikhor, Quader said, We are going to make a policy for the small vehicles like easybike,

Nasiman and Kariman.

He also said the small vehicles were largely responsible for accidental deaths on the highways

during the EidulFitr.

The minister sought cooperation from all, including drivers and pedestrians, to reduce road

accidents.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)