Hours of traffic jam is one of the most problematic daily affairs here in Bangladesh. Especially when it’s office time at 9 am or office end time around 5 to 9 pm, you should believe that God has special eyes on you if you get a seat in the bus. If you are graced, you may be able to put your feet inside of the bus. That’s even impossible during peak hours. You stand in the line for hours watching the queue of the vehicles that is even longer and is in a halt.
But our history has not yet seen any traffic jam that existed a day — 24 hours. Let alone a month.
It’s good not to believe that a traffic jam cannot exist for about a month. Well, if you can’t believe, it’s your fault. It’s real and official. China is experiencing an epic traffic jam and it has just entered its 10th day with the officials saying that it could last up to the middle of September.
Now count. Isn’t that about a month?
According to various news sources including TIME, the epic jam has been caused by a roadside construction. As AHN reports:
An official of the Zhangjiakou city’s Traffic Management Bureau said traffic will normalize around Sept. 17, when road construction is scheduled to be finished and open up traffic lanes.
Repairs began on the Beijing-Tibet Highway on Aug. 13, and were followed by the closure of a major circumferential road in Beijing the next week. The result has created a major traffic jam on National Highway 110 that stretches towards the border with Inner Mongolia.
What’s more? TIME jokes that this has sparked some ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ for local residents as they have begun selling foods including noodles reportedly sold for four times the original price.
Thinking of the scene and the sufferings of the hostages in that traffic jam, I somewhat feel that our condition is a lot better. Of course, this doesn’t mean I’m happy with the current situation. These roadside constructions and digging-ups should have some alternative way and the company appointed for these tasks should make sure that the work is done in the possible shortest time. Only that can improve the situation caused by such reconstructions.