Heavy traffic jam choked most of the major streets in the Sylhet city on Tuesday much to the discomfort of the commuters where hundreds of people were seen waiting frustrated due to slow movement of transport on the 2nd weekly working day. Most of the city areas, including Bondorbazar, Jindabazar, Surma Point, Mirabazar, Amborkhana, Dorghagate, were virtually paralysed from early morning.
Officials of Traffic Department of Sylhet Metropolitan Police [SMP] blamed introduction of digital traffic system’ for the severe traffic chaos on the city roads. The traffic system fully collapsed when SMP went to introduce digital methods instead of traditional traffic arrangement.
SMP sources said, the traffic department on Friday experimentally introduced ‘digital signal light system’. Sylhet City Corporations with the cooperation of SMP Traffic Department started work to implement the project titled: SMP Traffic Department at last postponed the programme and re-introduced the old methods with manual signals by the traffic constables. Though the government has taken various plans and projects in a bid to get rid of the ever-biggest problem in city-life, unplanned road network and imbalanced vehicle composition have resulted in a complex road system where vehicles face all ill-effects of frequent bottlenecks near junction, according to experts.