The politics of (im)mobility: Rickshaw bans in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Urban transport interventions, particularly in the developing countries, increasingly focuses on promoting Motorized Transport (MT) at the cost of Non-Motorized Transport (NMT). Despite having favorable features - compact urban structure and mixed land use – for developing Non-Motorized Vehicle (NMV) and walking focused transport infrastructures, many cities in Asia and Africa and Global South are making wild investment in auto-oriented urban and transport infrastructures. Access to mobility options is becoming a matter of choice for some, for others it is a question of fate. Such decisions are highly politicized resulting in ‘unjust mobilities’. The issue can be studied at least from three perspectives: users, NMV operators (drivers and owners) and decision makers. This paper focuses on the last perspective and examines the role of power in decision-making, process of negotiations and implementation in this regard. However it does not list out or investigate all anti-NMT logic(s) put forwarded. Rather this article asks the following questions: is this anti-NMT trend an outcome of an objective transport planning process or decision(s) of some other else? Who takes the decisions and why? Are the deciding actors isolated or connected? If connected, what is the scale of their connection – local or global? How and why does the connection sustain? Taking the case of complete and partial ban on the movement of rickshaws- a human-pedalled tricycle generally carrying two persons-, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, seeks to answer the questions posed above.


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  • Accession Number: 01683916
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2018 3:04PM