Use of footpaths in Dhaka



Use of footpaths in Dhaka, Foot paths is a very important parts of inside Dhaka city all roads without a clear foot path we cannot move easily. Footpath is a narrow pathway beside any large street and people walk on these footpaths free from other vehicles. Foot path many way to use for our Daily life morning walk and evening walk, communication, stay few time for road crouching and find out mobile hawker shop on the foot path or beside foot paths. But footpaths of our Dhaka city are being used for different kinds of businesses, like bus counter, tea stall, temporary shops, begging, extended part of a shop etc. Sometimes we see footpaths are dug by authorities concerned for laying telephone, water sewerage lines, gas or electricity lines. . For all these reasons we cannot move easily and people are bound to avoid footpaths and use the main road, exposing them to risks of road accidents. We must keep the footpaths free form all kinds of illegal users. All of us need to be more conscious in using footpaths in our own interest.

Moreover, private cars and motorbikes are seen parked on the pavements and many other problems walking on the footpath has become risky as small traders run their business freely on the footpath. Maximum footpath location in Dhaka city area Gulistan, Paltan, Moghbazar, Shahbagh, Tejgaon, Mohakhali, Rampura, Azampur and Farmgate, the footpaths seem to have gone under the illegal occupation of vendors and shopkeepers. Hawkers were seen to sell cheap clothes, jewelleries, cosmetics, footwear, fruits, toys and household items.

Eid shopping at roadside temporary shops, where mostly the lower and middle-income group people go, in the capital did not gain momentum till Friday as most of the blue-collar and pink-collar workers were yet to get their festival allowances, with approximately 20 days left for each Eid festival. A large number of temporary shops have already sprung up on the pavements of the city on the occasion of Eid while the vendors have already showcased new items in their temporary shops targeting Eid shoppers. Every year before Eid, the upper class buyers crowd the big shopping centers and malls located in the city’s posh areas while the low-income group people throng the footpath shops to purchase their desired items. Sometime many people were seen bargaining with the shopkeepers while many were seen buying new notes to give them to the kids on the occasion of Eid. The buyers, mostly middle income people, are found moving from shop to shop on the footpath, asking prices of goods to find.
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