Highway Bill placed in parliament
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সেপ্টেম্বর ৪, ২০২১, ১১:৩৭ অপরাহ্ণ

The Highways Bill, 2021 was placed in parliament today, aimed at having a full-fledged law replacing a century-old and inadequate one.
On Saturday, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader raised the ‘Highways Bill-2021’ in Parliament session, presided over by speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury.

The bill was later sent to the parliamentary standing committee on Road, Transport, and Bridges Ministry for further scrutiny. The committee was asked to submit its report before the House within four weeks.

The new law is being enacted for construction, development, and maintenance, free, orderly, and safe movement of vehicles.

According to the bill, it is expedient and necessary to enact new laws to build a modern, improved, efficient highway transport system with infrastructural development, safe and dynamic vehicular traffic, timely construction, development, operation, management, and maintenance of highways to ensure highway safety.

Section 9 of the proposed law said the installation of any infrastructure on highways without the approval of the Roads and Highways Department will be ‘infiltration’. Section 14 of the bill provides for a maximum imprisonment of two years or a fine of Tk 50,000-Tk 5 lakh or both for this offense.

The law proposes a maximum fine of Tk 25,000 for driving a vehicle on the highway that spreads harmful substances. A maximum fine of Tk 5,000 has to be paid for keeping crops, straw or similar materials on the highway for drying or for passing through unspecified places. A maximum fine of Tk 50,000 has been fixed for violating the ban on the construction of billboards, signboards and arches hanging on the highway.

The bill also states that public or private utility service providers will not be allowed to dig roads without permission. If anyone defies the rules, will be brought under punishment. According to the ‘Mobile Court Act-2009’, the mobile court will provide the punishment mentioned in this law.

The bill also proposed for a special place on the highway for the movement of the disabled, children, and the elderly.

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জাতির পিতা বঙ্গবন্ধু শেখ মুজিবুর রহমানের কনিষ্ঠপুত্র শেখ রাসেলের স্মৃতিচারণ করতে গিয়ে অশ্রুসিক্ত হয়ে পড়েন বড় বোন ও প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা।শুক্রবার বঙ্গবন্ধু আন্তর্জাতিক সম্মেলন কেন্দ্রে শেখ রাসেল জাতীয় শিশু-কিশোর পরিষদ আয়োজিত আলোচনা সভা ও পুরস্কার বিতরণী অনুষ্ঠানে অশ্রুসিক্ত হয়ে পড়েন তিনি।

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