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Keeping in mind environmental and health aspects, the idea of ’Car Free Day’ or a private car-free day began, whose main purpose was to get people interested in eco-friendly transportation.
But how possible is it to
implement such an idea in a city like Dhaka?
Various arrangements were
made on Saturday to close a section of Manik Mia Avenue in front of the
Parliament House in Dhaka to celebrate World Car Free Day. Balloons, posters,
banners of various shapes and colors were arranged in front of the Parliament
building. Members of various children’s organizations also participate in many
activities, such as dancing, singing, painting.
But it would not be a
mistake to say the formality of showing the whole event to the people, as
compared to other days, the number of cars on the streets of Dhaka was not less
in any part.
Carriage-free Day is
celebrated in different countries of the world since the seventies for the
purpose of encouraging people to use public transport, to increase the
popularity of cycling or walking in order to create environment and health
Why people do not want to
use public transport in Dhaka?
How realistic is it to
motivate people to use public transportation or walk on foot in cities like Dhaka?
Nusrat Amin, a
non-governmental organization working in Dhaka, said, “The state of mass
transit in Dhaka is such that people do not use public transport unless
As a woman, using public
transport in Dhaka or walking on the streets is embarrassing. Amin.
“It takes 20 minutes to
walk from my home to the office on a walk. But in that short walk you have to
listen to the nasty comments from people on the sidewalk and walk carefully to
protect yourself, and no longer have the desire to walk the next day,”
said Mis. Amin.
She also said that she
suffered from insecurity in the streets after evening as a woman. Nusrat Amin.
Steering wheel in hand, brake under foot. The car is speeding. What could be more exciting than that? And that was the thrill that Touhid Anwar got from childhood. This is a car racer in Bangladesh known as Avik Anwar in the international world of Formula Race. The bronze medalist of car racing won the Formula One Track Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia last August. Avik Anwar has emerged on the international medal stage as the first racer of Bangladesh. The young man from Munshiganj finished third in the fourth round of the Malaysian Championship Series.
The way the dream started
Father Anwar Hossain’s has car
business. From a young age, he grew up watching cars of different brands. He
would often visit his father’s shop and touch the car. Then the hobby woke up
to do something different with the car. Then he learned to drive in secret
without telling his father. At that time he watched Formula on TV. He watched
the running in the blink of an eye of world-renowned racer Michael Schumacher, Mika
Hakkinen. One day he dreamed to be like them.
Avik’s car shop in Gulshan,
Dhaka. Avik said at 4 September, “I used to watch Formula One on a regular
basis. After watching Michael Schumacher’s racing one day, it seemed like, oh,
if I could run like that, starting from that.”
Fight with myself
There is no racing track in any of the motorsports in Bangladesh. There is no car racing instructor as well as other facilities. But that did not stop Avik Anwar. He relied on Play station games and simulators. He played Tourismo Sport at the Play Station. Friends would often laugh and say, ‘What if playing these unreal games?’ He couldn’t explain to his friends that how similar the game really is to driving a car. Finally, when I went to Canada for higher studies in 2007, there was a chance to practice.
From the pizza shop to the
Car racing is an expensive
sport. Practicing also means big numbers of money. Avi might have taken that
money from his father’s bank account. But he didn’t take it. In Canada, he
worked at a pizza delivery facility. Sometimes worked at a restaurant, or
worked part time in the library. By doing these things he bought a car with saving
money. He practiced regularly on the practice track in Canada. Avik also
realizes his potential in car racing when he practices. He returned to Dhaka
after completing his studies in 2012.
Avik took part in the rally cross, the only motor sports competition in Bangladesh so far from 20014. Hat-trick champion has been made by him in that car racing competition in Dhaka. But the last time he was ahead of the car in the backdrop a lot. That confidence gives him the courage to race in the international arena, ‘the first twice to be the first to break the micro-second. But when I became a champion in 2016, I saw the second racer lagging behind me for the time being. Then I thought about going to India.
After that, Avik was fourth in the Volkswagen Cup in India at 2017 for the first time participation. Which reflects his confidence in the new breeze; “after being fourth in the Volkswagen Amio Cup, I was inspired. Then I played on the Madras Car Racing track. It was very difficult to play there. But from the beginning of this year, it seemed that I would focus fully on the race. I must win a race.”
Playing after business control
There is no opportunity for practice in the country. So often go abroad for practice. He also drew attention from businessmen for the practice of race. Within a week of practice, he wishes to be disconnected from all social media, including cell phones, Facebook. Then just go from the hotel to the race track, come back to the hotel after practice. During the exercise some data from the race track is provided on the laptop. From there, sitting on a laptop, he sees the weakness of his game. He tries to understand where to improve.
It is a difficult task to concentrate
solely on business, it is clear in Avik’s words, ‘I am playing because I am
very interested in racing. But in addition to business, it is very difficult to
do. Because, every day, thousands of cars have to be talked about, see banking,
LC (Letter of Credit), purchase etc. ‘
Formula racing is one of the
most unusual sports in the country. But even in this game, Avik sees the
possibility, ‘It is true that there is no infrastructure in our country. The
poverty rate in this country is high. People may think, where many are not able
to eat, they are racing. It’s the downside. But the positive side is that if
there is really a chance to play, many young people will not get addicted to
drugs. Because, I know, young people have a lot of love for cars. The car will
then cost you money. They don’t lean towards drugs. The race will also reduce
the tendency to run on the road. They will think, they cannot get anything by
driving a car. But they will be rewarded by driving a race. Then they will stop
The flag of Bengal on the
chest of the world
After winning a medal in
Malaysia, Avik was in the dreaming world, ‘I couldn’t believe it in the
beginning. Believe me later, I got it. I told myself that after two years, the
dream finally came true.’ The path of the Formula One track in Bangladesh
started with Avik’s hand. Who knows maybe one day a red-green flag will fly at
the Formula One Championship. Life is speed; there is nothing to stop here.
Avik is a symbol of that momentum. He does not want to stop. Want to run further.