3 more U-turns open in Dhaka to ease traffic jam

Published : 21 Dec 2020 09:39 PM

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has opened three more U-turns on Sunday to ease traffic congestion.

The U-turns are at Tejgaon BG Press, Nabisco and Banani Chairman Bari. Earlier, there were three others U-turns opened at Kaula Flying Academy point, in front of Uttara RAB-1 office and Uttara Jasim Uddin junction, a press release of DNCC said.

However, six U-turns have been opened so far out of DNCC's 11 U-turn construction project from Shaat Rasta, Tejgaon to Uttara House Building.

Constructions of the remaining U-turns are underway, the notification said. These U-turns are in front of Mohakhali Inter-District Bus Terminal, below Mohakhali Flyover, at Banani-Kakli Railway Station and under Banani Flyover.

Although there were plans to build a total of 11 U-turns at the beginning of the project, the U-turn adjacent to the Army Golf Club was canceled in the First Amendment project. 

The original approved cost of the project was Tk 24.83 crore. However, the first revised estimated cost is 31 crore 80 lakh 97 thousand taka.

DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam said, "With the introduction of these U-turns, the traffic congestion on this road will be further reduced. It will also save time while traveling.”

He further said, “This city must be made beautiful. If all the U-turns is introduced, the suffering of the city will be reduced to some extent.”

However, a U-turn in driving refers to performing a 180° rotation to reverse the direction of travel. It is called a "U-turn" because the maneuver looks like the letter ‘U’.

In some areas, the maneuver is illegal, while in others, it is treated as a more ordinary turn, merely extended. In still other areas, lanes are occasionally marked "U-turn permitted" or even "U-turn only."

In some special situations, U-turns can be regulated through the use of a traffic light, where it is the only directional choice and drivers in the specified lane cannot continue forward (“U-turn only” lanes).