Due to a shutdown of public transports, commuters in Dhaka are suffering. Though second day of the lockdown has seen a surge in traffic.
Large number of cars, microbuses, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws were spotted across the city on Tuesday.
In the morning, there was a rush of vehicles at Rampura, Malibagh and Kakrail intersections. Long tailbacks were seen in parts of the city. Office-goers have suffered the most due to the closure of public transports.
Razia Sultana, an official of a private financial institution in Motijheel said, "On the one hand, public transports have been shut down and on the other, government and private offices remain open. There’s no let-up in our suffering. It is costing us more to use rickshaws.”
Shopping malls in Mouchak, Moghbazar and Elephant Road are closed, but corner shops remain open in residential neighborhoods.
Kitchen markets in Shantinagar, Malibagh and Rampura are continuing to operate. Safety guidelines are being largely ignored in these thronging areas. Restaurants huddling around these markets are open.
Government banned public transports for 7 days as the lockdown started on Monday. Lockdown will continue until Apr 11.
According to a notice issued by the Cabinet Division on Sunday, the restrictions will apply to markets, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants.
The 11-point directive allowed the government and private offices and banks to operate on a limited scale. The book fair also remains open. The Prime Minister's Office had issued an 18-point directive Earlier on Mar 29 to curb the rising epidemic.