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Sunday, 22 November 2009

There was no immediate improvement noticed on Dhaka roads following the launch of automated traffic lights in the capital on Sunday.

Drivers complained that it took them even longer than usual to reach their destinations after automated signals replaced traffic police at many key intersections.

Bus driver Ajgar Mia, on the Gulistan-Airport route, said angrily: "I had to drive at a snail's pace from Kakoli."

Dhaka Metropolitan Police launched the new traffic control system with automatic signals on Sunday, on an experimental basis for seven days, as a measure to combat chronic gridlock.

A decision on whether to continue with the new signal system will be taken after the initial trial, DMP has said.

Drivers face strict penalties for violating signal lights, including a Tk 1000 fine and suspension of driving licences for up to three months.


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