Business leaders Sunday called for putting the ongoing construction and repair of roads on hold for 14 days before and after Eid to lessen the sufferings of the home goers.
"The speed of vehicles slows down due to repair and construction works on roads and highways resulting in a huge traffic jam. The government should postpone the construction work from April 27 to May 10 to make the Eid journey smoother," Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries Senior Vice-President Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu said at the first meeting of the FBCCI Standing Committee on Transport and Communications (Railways, Roads and Highways) in the capital.
He also called for the deployment of highway police in heavy traffic zones.
"The higher authorities of the Bangladesh Police should take strict action to stop extortion on the roads," he said.
FBCCI will send letters to the home affairs minister and IGP requesting them to stop the extortion, Mostafa Azad informed the meeting.
He also called for increasing the number of ferries and ferry trips to cut short the long queues of buses and trucks at Mawa and Aricha Ferry Ghat.
Earlier, raising the issue of financial losses due to traffic jams FBCCI vice-president and director-in-charge of the committee Aminul Haque Shamim informed that the heavy jam at Tongi costs financial loss worth Tk10 crore daily.