Fuel Consumption and Environmental Impact of Rickshaw Bans in Dhaka
by Syed Saiful Alam
Short trips in Dhaka are made for Rickshaws. This cheap and popular mode of transport works for short distances.
Rickshaws are environmentally friendly, safe and need no fuel. A lot of family incomes depend on rickshaws. Up to 38 unique professions.
Please support the Rickshaw instead of banning it in Dhaka. It makes important profit for the people. They can earn 20,000,000 taka ($300,000 US) a month.
In Eid du Ajah, the Rickshaw bans will affect Dhaka. It's happened before, last time for instance. This means more cars and increased costs in many ways.
What about the environment?
We now have motorized transport, pollution and harm to the environment. We have increased fuel consumption and enhanced environmental impact due to these rickshaw bans all over Dhaka.
This is not healthy for the human population. Especially those who are sick, the poor, women, children and the elderly. They need the rickshaws. It isn't too good for established local businesses either.
Nothing is more efficient than a rickshaw. Especially cars. Parking only compounds the problem. And so does the environmental ramifications.
Getting rid of rickshaws is no solution to congestion. Traffic has not improved. Try something else. Like cars.
This way the majority will benefit. That's who to consider. Maybe we could share; designate rickshaw lanes. That would provide a balance of needs, pollution and fuel usage.
Any help the populace can get will be appreciated. Any other ideas will also be welcome.