Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday ruled out the possibility of changing metro-rail route in the capital.
"The main work of metro rail would begin in March. So, there is no scope for changing the route (of metro- rail)," he told journalists after attending a function at Dhakeswari temple in Dhaka.
The minister's comments came as a response to the students of Dhaka University demand for changing the route of the metro- rail, as they think it would hamper educational atmosphere on the campus.
Quader said the design of the metro- rail was finalised after holding discussions with Dhaka University authorities in phases.
The minister said the metro-rail will be made soundproof in the important areas like Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, Jatiya Press Club and Dhaka University.
"Why would the metro rail impede the cultural activities?...I would like to request all to stop any more arguments," he added.
Earlier, speaking at the function titled "Mahanagar Paribar Dibas", the minister said a 15-member committee has been formed on national road safety.
Those who work on creating mass awareness about road accidents including Ilias Kanchan, Syed Abul Maksud and journalists representatives have also been incorporated in the committee for the first time, he said, adding that the body would cooperate with the government and put forward suggestions.
Quader held reckless driving responsible for most of the road accidents.
Putting emphasis on creating mass awareness to check road accident, the minister urged the drivers not to drive over 30 to 40 kilometer speed in fog.
"Vehicles should be remained stop in dense fog," he opined.
While talking about the risky curves on the highways, Quader said the risky curves (on the highways) have been identified and these would be made risk- free (soon).
About the attacks on the temples, the minister said the government is very tough against those who would carry attack on the temples or grab their lands.
Awami League Advisory Council Member Suranjit Sengupta inaugurated the function organised by Mahanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee.
With Mahanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee President JL Bhowmik in the chair, it was addressed, among others, by lawmakers Haji Mohammad Selim, Professor Dr Habibe Millat, Pankaj Debnath, and Awami League Central Working Committee member Sujit Roy Nandi, according to BSS. - Idrak